'Addiction' is better described as 'substance dependence.'
There are many different levels of substance dependence, which can vary enormously from person to person and can develop gradually starting with casual substance use. There are a few common signs that can help you identify if you have developed substance dependence.
- Are you spending most of your time with other people who use drugs, and less time with those who don’t?
- Are you being dishonest with the people close to you about how often you use drugs, what kind of drugs you’re using and in what quantities?
- Are you spending money you can’t afford or going to extremes to find money to buy drugs?
- Are you using higher doses of the substance to feel affected?
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