What is Addiction?
We answer the most common questions asked about addiction.
These common questions include:
- how addiction is defined
- its prevalence
- its causes
- its impact
- how it feels to suffer from addiction
|How is addiction defined?
The Terminology section defines addiction. It also details how clinicians diagnose addiction using medical criteria and outlines several addiction subtypes proposed by experts.
How prevalent is addiction?
The Epidemiology section provides estimates of how common substance use disorder is in the population overall, and also among particular demographic sub-groups (e.g., men and women, adolescents, and different racial/ethnic groups).
What causes addiction?
The Etiology section summarizes the risk factors for developing a substance use disorder, and the protective factors that help to guard against the development of a substance use disorder.
What is the impact of addiction?
The Impact section summarizes how substance use disorders and other hazardous substance use affect individual health, population-level disease and disability, as well as health care and the economy.
What is it like to be addicted?
The Phenomenology section shares the personal experiences of individuals currently or formerly living with substance use disorder to provide a deeper understanding that statistics and theories cannot offer on their own.