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Substance use disorder/ dependence/ addiction

It may be considered as a state in which the use of a substance/ a class of substances takes a much higher priority for an individual than any other behaviours that once held greater value.

Addiction is characterized by-

  • A strong desire or compulsion to take a substance
  • Difficulties in controlling substance taking behaviour
  • A state of withdrawal when substance use is reduced/ stopped
  • Gradually  increased dose  of substance use to get the same effects( Tolerance)
  • Progressive neglect of alternate pleasures
  • Persistent use of substance despite clear evidence of harmful consequences