Addiction is a state of physical dependence where the person does not have control over doing, taking or using something harmful. There is no single reason why an addiction develops – some people find that using alcohol or drugs changes the way they feel. If a person finds that they enjoy these feelings they might have a strong desire to repeat them.

With substances, the more a person uses them, the more tolerant their body becomes, until they need it more frequently and in larger amounts to achieve the same effect. If a person with an addiction stops using the substance that they are addicted to, they will experience psychological or physical withdrawal symptoms (or both).

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