Addiction is a complex chronic disorder withbiological, psychological, social and environmental factors influencing itsdevelopment and maintenance that is manifested by compulsive substance use despiteits harmful consequences. About half the risk for addiction is genetic. Genesaffect the degree of reward that individuals experience when initially using asubstance (e.g., drugs) or engaging in certain behaviors (e.g., gambling), aswell as the way the body processes alcohol or other drugs. People withaddiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using acertain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes overtheir life.Substance abuse can have a profound impact on your life causing distorted thinking, behavior and bodily functions.
Possible addictions include:
- Marijuana or tobacco
- PCP, LSD and other hallucinogens
- Inhalants, such as, paint thinners and glue
- Opioid painkillers (codeine, oxycodone, heroin)
- Sedatives, hypnotics and anxiolytics (medicines for anxiety such as tranquilizers)
- Cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants