Addiction includes Gambling, Drugs, Alcohol etc
Addiction is a dependence on something. It is described as a condition defined by compulsive engagement despite adverse consequences. It can be a physical addiction related to a substance such as alcohol or drugs that cause a pleasurable or relaxed state. But it can also be psychological, for example in the form of gambling or shopping. Addiction can become a means of coping with an overwhelming psychological issue. It is considered a disorder of the brains ‘reward system’ which occurs when exposed to an addictive stimulus. Individuals suffering from addiction develop habits and patterns that typically relate to short-term gratification despite the long-term costs.
Addiction ranges from occasional to total dependency. However you can still be classed as having an addiction if you cannot abstain from the dependency or find yourself experiencing even the slightest of withdrawal symptoms. It becomes a big issue if it is persistent and occurs over time despite the negative consequences and undermines your ability to adapt to situations and overcome problems.
Addiction is a condition that requires treatment. It is likely to worsen over time due to the development of a tolerance for the dependence leading to increasing amounts of the addicted substance or behaviour being required to achieve the same level of response first achieved.