Addiction : Can 't Get Enough? Addiction? Essay

714 Words Oct 20th, 2016 3 Pages
Can’t get Enough
Addiction can be described as being addicted to a substance, thing, or habit. Addiction is important because many people think of addiction as a harmful thing. Many bad addictions include alcohol, drugs, overdose of prescriptions, and gambling. Addiction does not always have to be harmful, it can also be something good for someone. Good addictions that are portrayed everyday include exercising, listening to music, eating healthy food, drinking water, reading, and even learning. Addiction can be a person doing something, a particular substance that you want, or a habit. In that case addiction could be harmful to someone or great for someone.
What is the real meaning of the word addiction? Addiction can have many different meanings, and can be defined by many different people and sources. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary addiction can be defined as a strong and harmful need to regularly have something such as a drug, or do something such as gamble. According to the ASAM or American Society of Addiction Medicine it is “A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors” (American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016). Putting the definition in my words would be represented by addiction…

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