Addiction is a serious issue in today’s culture. Defining addiction is the first step to understanding what it is and what it isn’t. Understanding the specific language in the definition can prove helpful in the communicating, developing awareness, and accepting the impact of a substance or behavior in ones life.
Insight and communication requires accurate definitions for words and phrases. Language use is quite important here. To clearly communicate about addictions, we will be referencing several definitions listed below from the leading organizations in the field of psychology as well as some of the practicing professionals who have given simple yet clear definitions of the topic.
When looking at these definitions it is important to see how they are similar. If there are differences it should be noted what the differences are what, if anything, they effect in the understanding and use of the definition.
It is important to note that the definitions above reference more than just substance use. Behavior patterns can impact peoples lives in quite a negative way. In the 21st century, technology has developed environments where many behaviors can prove detrimental and meet the components of a addiction.
In order to understand how to address addiction it is first important to identify what addiction is and clearly define it on its basic levels. How addiction effects a persons life can vary. The basic tenants however will be in line with what is listed in the definitions above. With these definitions listed above further insight and exploration can occur.
American Psychological Association (2018): Addictions http://www.apa.org/topics/addiction/index.aspx
American Society of Addictive Medicine (2018): Definition of Addiction https://www.asam.org/resources/definition-of-addiction
Baker, B. & Russ, B. (2017) A Counselor”s Guide to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction.
Psychology Today (2018): What is Addiction https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/addiction