An addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to do, take or use something to the point that it may be harmful. Problems with addiction can start as a way of coping with feelings that an individual is experiencing. An individual experiencing an addiction cannot control how they use it and may become dependent on it to get through their daily life. Addiction can lead to problems in people’s work life, home life and relationships.
Common addictions are drugs and alcohol, but other examples include gambling, shopping, chocolate, pornography, medication and sex.