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What is a Substance Addiction


A substance addition is an addiction to any substance that alters a person’s ability to live a full filling and happy life without the help of a substance. Many people do not even realize they have a substance addiction and many people are falsely labeled as having a substance addiction when they do not.

A few drinks after work, a few after dinner and a few drinks before bed everyday to some people is just part of their daily routine. In fact that person may not have a substance addiction at all, it is when the substance in this case the alcoholic beverages are removed from the routine that an addition will rear its ugly head. If the person can go about their life without those few drinks then an addiction is not present. It may be hard to believe but some people can do just that with no ill effects at all. It is a lot like a social drinker we would not say that a man or woman who goes out on Friday and Saturday nights and drinks way too much is an alcoholic they are simply a social drinker.

The same scenario is true for an individual who smokes marijuana with his/her friend’s everyday after work. Now, the problem arises when the marijuana or alcohol is not available one day and the “addict” has a negative reaction to not getting their fix. That reaction can be anything from a temper tantrum to an individual who becomes irate and causes physical harm to another person or property damage.

This type of behavior to a family member or friends spells out substance addiction. Of course, alcohol and marijuana are not the only two substances a person can become addicted too. Cigarettes lead the pack of substance addictions. Then there is your group of hard-core street drugs and then you have your prescription medications that people become addicted too.

The medical definition for substance abuse is - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.

The biggest hurdle for someone with a substance addiction to realize then accept they have an addiction.