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What are symptoms of addiction?

Brooke Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapy
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual requires that at least three of the seven following symptoms are demonstrated for a diagnosis of dependence, which is more commonly understood as "addiction:"
  • Tolerance: the need for more of a substance to obtain the same effect
  • Withdrawal: physical or psychological symptoms accompanying decreased use
  • Increased use over time
  • Unsuccessful attempts and/or desire to decrease intake
  • Time spent obtaining, using, and recovering from substance
  • Neglecting other activities for substance
  • Continued use despite adverse consequences

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