- Obsession. I can’t stop thinking about it. Getting it, finding it, using it, buying it. These thoughts are intrusive and constant.
- Compulsion. I can’t stop using it, despite negative consequences. A negative consequence varies from person to person, but examples include: using when you don’t want to, using when it places your work or school or family at risk, and using when it puts you at risk (i.e., risk of arrest, harm and even death).
- Unmanageability. Addiction makes our lives difficult. Have you ever lost a job, or ended a relationship, or failed a class because you placed your drug ahead of these other commitments? If you have, then it is possible that you are an addic
Symptoms of Addiction
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Addiction can cause feelings of shame and guilt, and feelings of hopelessness and failure. Anxiety and depression are also commonly associated symptoms.
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