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a person exhibiting addiction.


A person who is habituated to a substance or practice, especially one considered harmful or illegal.


tr.v. ad·dicted, ad·dicting, ad·dicts
To cause to have a medically or psychologically significant addiction: The thief was addicted to cocaine. My uncle is addicted to gambling.
n. (ăd′ĭkt)
A person who has an addiction, as to narcotics or gambling.


Etymology: L, addicere, to devote
a person who has become physiologically and psychologically dependent on a chemical such as alcohol or other drugs to the extent that normal social, occupational, and other responsible life functions are disrupted.


A person vulnerable to compulsive heavy consumption of substances with abuse potential.


Substance abuse A person vulnerable to compulsive heavy consumption of substances with abuse potential. See Controlled drug substance, –holic, Substance abuse, Therapy addict.


A person who is physiologically or psychologically habituated to a substance or practice.


A person who is habituated to a substance or practice.

addict (ad´ikt),

n an individual who has developed physiologic or psychologic dependence on a chemical such as alcohol or other drugs.

Patient discussion about addict

Q. Am I addicted to caffeine? I love coffee! I can't start my day without it. I drink about 5 cups a day. How do I know if I am addicted?

A. When your body starts shaking, your heartbeat flutters, you feel lightheaded, you want to mow the lawn at 1 a.m., they are symptons I've had of a caffeine overdose. Drink lots of water and hydrating drinks! Stay away from Mountain Dew!!!!

Q. Am I addicted to smoking? I only smoke when I go out with my friends to a pub and at parties. Does this make me an addict?

A. You might not be addicted; however you shouldn't smoke at all since it is very unhealthy. If all your friends smoke, maybe you should start hanging out with non smoking friends as well or take your smoking friends out to places where they can't smoke and then you will not feel obligated to join them.

Q. How would you define Addiction? In every aspect of life ...

A. Thank you cerebralknevil for your answer. It's so imporant that we listen and support one another. Will you be interested in helping more people here?

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Results: Data showed that 16 Percent of the addicts reported severe physical abuse, 20 Percent reported severe emotional abuse and 14 Percent reported emotional neglect.
One ex-drug addict, who owns his private rehab centre and spoke to us on condition of anonymity, says he does not think there is any difference between a professional psychiatrist running the centre or an ex-addict.
If we could get a handle on what makes unaffected relatives of addicts so resilient we might be able to prevent a lot of addiction from taking hold," said Dr Paul Keedwell, a consultant psychiatrist at Cardiff University.
Rahmah aims to rehabilitate the families of addicts by providing them with knowledge and tools to detect addiction in their family and deal with it," said Al-Bandar.
In my 10 years of experience, I have realised that drug addicts often wait for someone to share their problems with, someone who will listen patiently and help.
Our job ends when we turn them over to the hospital," the source said, adding that the DCD's role is to assist the families of addicts by transporting them to Al-Amal Hospital.
There has been much criticism, too, of the fact that addicts benefit from the nation's free methadone programme which is effectively nothing more than highly expensive, state-sponsored drug dealing.
Giving the addict money for (they are told) a monthly rent payment, rather than saying no or writing a check directly to the landlord.
Home Office research showed heroin addicts commit 432 offences a year, he said.
He added: "I was a drug addict and all our houses are run by former drug addicts.