To answer, what is addiction, one must understand that it is both a physical and a psychological dependency on neurochemical-altering substances, such as medications, alcohol, or other drugs. Individuals’ preoccupation with the substance often inhibits their ability to use sound judgment. Signs of what is addiction include loss of control, denial, inability to cut back on usage, high tolerance for the substance, and intense discomfort when the substance is withheld.
Many people are already familiar with what is addiction, but most are unaware of the causes. Often times addiction is the end result of an inherent physiological deficiency within the neurotransmitters of the brain. Many people unknowingly try to self-medicate their neurochemical deficiencies using alcohol and other drugs and medications that temporarily alleviate their symptoms. There are safer methods for alleviating these symptoms which may include depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar tendencies, etc. There are also new methods available for people wanting to detoxify in the quickest and safest way possible without having to worry about relapse.
Learn more about these new methods in Addictionologist Dr. Von Stieff’s book, Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety.