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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease involving continued substance use despite significant substance-related problems. Addiction involves loss of control over substance use, social and occupational problems, risky use, and physical problems.

The What is Addiction? printout is an introduction to the topic of addiction for clients and their families. This handout covers signs and symptoms of addiction, available treatments, and other important facts.

We suggest sharing this resource in an introductory addiction therapy session or group. It can also serve as a great take-home reminder for basic addiction education.

Alternate languages: Spanish
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