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Types of Addiction

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There are many different types of addiction. Understanding the addictive process and the danger signs can help you to tell the difference between addictive behavior, problematic behavior that is not an addiction, and normal behavior that is non-problematic or healthy. When asking yourself, "Am I addicted?" remember that substance use, although risky, isn't always addiction, and many addictive behaviors, in moderation, are normal everyday or recreational activities for many people.
  1. Am I Addicted?
  2. Alcohol Dependence
  3. Drug Dependence
  4. Compulsive Behaviors

Am I Addicted?

Although many people experience the symptoms of addiction for years without noticing problems, sooner or later, most will ask themselves, "Am I addicted?" For some, engaging in potentially addictive behaviors can be unproblematic, or even healthy. For others, it may cause occasional or frequent problems, which range from trivial to life-threatening. Getting an addiction diagnosis can be a turning point for making changes in your life.

Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence is just one type of alcohol problem, but it is often one that heavy drinkers wonder about. Find out the real criteria for alcohol dependence before jumping to the conclusion that you or someone else is addicted to alcohol.

Drug Dependence

Drug dependence, despite popular belief, only develops in a fraction of people who take drugs at some time in their lives. If you are concerned about whether you or someone else is addicted to drugs, find out the facts on drug dependence.

Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors such as gambling, shopping, eating, and computers are emerging as behavioral addictions -- people can depend on them as severely as alcohol or drugs. Some activities are so normal that it's hard to believe people can become addicted to them. Yet the cycle of addiction can still take over, making everyday life a constant struggle. Know the difference between someone having a good time, overindulging and becoming addicted to a behavior.

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