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What Is Euphoria?

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Updated May 23, 2014

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Definition: Euphoria is a feeling of intense pleasure, often described as a "high." Most drugs of abuse have an element of euphoria, and most addictive behaviors produce feelings of euphoria in those who are addicted. Euphoria is a key element of the addictive process, as people crave the pleasurable feelings of the drug or behavior and seek to repeat the experience of euphoria.
Pronunciation: U - four - ee - a
Also Known As: elation, high, buzz, thrill
Examples:
The first time he experienced euphoria from taking drugs, Bill knew this was an experience he wanted to repeat.
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