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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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And, in cold turkey, all the issues can be seen and the mask of the hardened street-wise head fades because most addicts, the Cenacolo project believes, are essentially frightened individuals.
In a recent American study, 72 per cent of sex addicts said they'd been abused during childhood, with 81 per cent claiming sex abuse and 97 per cent claiming emotional abuse; additionally, 83 per cent had addictions to other substances or behaviours, or eating disorders.
If addicts ignore the warnings and keep using this heroin it is just a matter to time before someone dies.
Wild repeatedly shows addicts watching their own story unfolding on evening newscasts on televisions propped up in alleyways strewn with needles and crack pipes.
Project Prevention has saved taxpayers billions of dollars by preventing pregnancies in addicts who are not able to care for the children they conceive.
Levine's new book My Addict, Your Addict, due for release in January 2014, deals extensively with his battle and victory over drug addiction, and his first hand experiences as the parent of a drug addict.
Unlike most recovery books, The Happy Addict combines therapy with humour, while tackling a serious subject, as it teaches addicts how to embrace sobriety and strive for their goals.
There should be a unified effort from GCC countries in order to combat drug addiction and to rehabilitate addicts," said Dr Ebrahim Al Talha, who specialises in offering spiritual succour to drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia.
Dystonic enablers will provide the addict with money in order for him to buy drugs.
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If an addict is not given proper treatment, he or she may resort to traffickers to obtain the stuff or become a terrorist," he said.
Every addict costs the country pounds 50,000 a year.