Could I be addicted to some substance or behavior?
Addiction is evident when an obsession with something disrupts the more important things in life, like personal relationships, schooling, or jobs. People can become addicted to pretty much anything. Addiction to substances like alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs are well-known. Impulse control disorders, or behavior addictions, are not considered addictions by some professionals, but the general symptoms and consequences are similar. Behavior addictions seem to be increasing and may include addictions to the internet, cell phones, shopping, tanning, and video games. If you cannot control your behavior or need for a substance, you may be addicted. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the general symptoms of addiction and help you determine whether or not you may be addicted to some substance or behavior.