SCIENCE: Who is an addict?

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Who is an addict?

(This is also available in Gnarcan Toolbox / "Here is a Solution" Section)


Addiction is a pattern of symptoms resulting from continuing to use $omebody or $omething despite the fact that continuing to use this $omebody or $omething is causing problems.


- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edit (DSM-5) and International Classification of Disease – 10th Revision (ICD – 10)



You may ask yourself (or not) these criteria for the medical and psychological disease of Addiction:


(1) Am I using $omebody or $omething in larger amounts -- or for a longer time -- than this $omebody or $omething is meant to be used?


(2) Am I wanting to cut down or stop using $omebody or $omething but am not managing to?


(3) Do I spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the use of $omebody or $omething?


(4) Do I have cravings and urges to use $omebody or $omething?


(5) Am I not managing to do what I should in my community or at work, home, or school because of using this $omebody or $omething?


(6) Am I continuing to use this $omebody or $omething even when it causes problems in my community and my relationships?


(7) Am I giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities in order to use or to recover from using this $omebody or $omething, or I am causing others to give these things up?


(8) Am I continuing to use this $omebody or $omething over and over again even when it puts you others in danger?


(9) Am I continuing to use $omebody or $omething even when I know I or they have a physical or psychological problem that could have been made worse by this using?


(10) Am I needing more of this $omebody or $omething to get the effect or things I want?

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