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What is addiction?

Davies, John B. (2003) What is addiction? In: Perspectives on Addiction: Understanding the Issues. Taylor and Francis, London. ISBN 9058231089

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Abstract

When habits or behaviours such as drinking, drug taking or gambling come to dominate daily life and people find themselves powerless to stop the chaos despite many promises to do so, then it is very likely that an addiction is active. Addictions can be formed to any activity or behaviour which allows people to escape from life and its problems and includes shopping or spending, sexual activities, gambling, food, prescribed and illegal drugs, alcohol and even other people. There is a growing problem in drug and alcohol abuse amongst young people. This chapter defines addiction and looks at possible treatments.