What qualifies as an addiction?

Addiction is the inability to stop using a substance or to engage in behavior even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. The term addiction doesn't just refer to dependence on substances such as heroin or cocaine, but also includes the use of medications such as Narcan, which can be used to treat opioid overdose. Addiction is defined as having no control over doing, taking, or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. A family doctor, psychiatrist, or qualified mental health professional usually diagnoses substance abuse.

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