Track: Addiction



In terms of damage to oneself and others, addiction is a biopsychosocial condition marked by repeated use of medication or repetitive involvement in activities such as gambling. According to the addiction model of brain disease, while a variety of psychosocial factors contribute to the development and maintenance of addiction, the central pathology that causes the development and maintenance of an addiction is a biological process that is caused by prolonged exposure to an addictive stimulus.
Addiction takes an "astoundingly high financial and human toll" on people and society as a whole. The overall economic burden to society in the United States is higher than that of all forms of diabetes and all cancers combined.
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