What Is Addiction, Anyway?

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The essential qualities of addiction and key strategies for recovery.

By Adena Bank Lees, LCSW

Original Source: psychologytoday.com

Addiction is a global problem. It is a human problem. It is a non-discriminatory offender. It does not care about your gender identification, your financial status, your skin color, your sexual orientation, your religionspiritual practice, or what political party you affiliate with.

In 2015, Australian researchers published the very first study citing worldwide addiction statistics. They found that about 240 million people around the world are dependent on alcohol, more than 1 billion people smoke tobacco products, and about 15 million people use injection drugs, such as heroin. Global estimates of problem gambling were not possible, but in countries where it had been assessed, about 1.5 percent of the population suffered from it. Problem gambling is...click here to continue reading

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