Addiction is commonly associated with substance abuse, but behavioral addictions like gambling, social media, food, and pornography are just as serious. Addiction is when a person is unable to consistently abstain from a behavior or substance. This is typically at the cost of their mental and physical health.
Substance addiction is dependence on any one or more of the following:
• Nicotine, or tobacco • Alcohol • Inhalants, often household items like oven cleaners, spray paints, or other aerosol products • Drugs, illicit or non-illicit • Medication