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How is an addiction diagnosed?

An addiction, also called a substance abuse disorder, is suspected when the obtaining or using of the substance interferes with your ability to complete activities such as work and family obligations or if you are having frequent legal difficulties. People with addictions may also experience withdrawals if they cut down on the substance, sexual dysfunction or high-risk sexual behavior.

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