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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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No attribution, however, was indicated by the SWS as to why the interviewed adults think there were more or less drug addicts in their communities.
With the NHS depressingly short of funds to pay for drugs to treat cancer patients, I fancy the idea of paying for recreational drugs for addicts will be greeted with more than a little disdain.
According to the National Survey on Drug Abuse 1993 there were 3 million drug addicts in Pakistan.
The fund's hotline (16023), which is dedicated to receiving calls from addicts and their families to help them with admission into public hospitals, is neither realistic nor helpful, Dawoud believes.
Other experts said the non-addicted siblings offered hope of new ways of teaching addicts "self-control".
to keep their addicts away from drug-taking, he concluded.
The General Directorate of Narcotic Control indicate along with the Ministry of Health work on rehabilitating addicts to ensure they do not fall into old habits," said Al-Bandar, adding that these bodies are under pressure and that wider society needs to do more to help.
Back in the 1970s, when there were roughly only 500 registered addicts, their doctors prescribed their fixes.
The first question the addicts ask me is, Eoe1/4Y[pounds sterling]Are you from security Eoe1/4ao Once they know that I am not, they begin to trust me.
It is estimated that there are 4 million addicts in Pakistan with appalling figures of injectable drug users (Anti Narcotics Force Islamabad, 2006).
A source at the DCD, who asked his name not be published, said the three addicts were refused admission after being asked whether they wished to "commit suicide".