The term addiction describes doing/taking/using something even though it cases harm to you or those around you, and you no longer have control over it. Anything you use a lot of and all the time (compulsively and obsessively) to ease tension or enhance your mood can become addictive.
How addiction affects the brain
(Dana Foundation, US, 2020)
Common addictions include:
- cigarettes (tobacco)
- P (meth), cannabis and other illegal drugs
- prescription medicines
- gaming and social media
- work and study
- sex and porn.
Food is also considered by some people to be a source of addiction, but not everyone agrees making it a controversial topic.
Addiction is considered a mental illness and can be treated similarly to other mental illnesses with therapy, medication and lifestyle changes.