a place of being physically or psychologically dependent upon substances such as drugs and alcohol. Commonly referred to as substance abuse. Diagnostic criteria consists of tolerance, withdrawal, losing control, and uncontrollable use of the drugs or alcohol.

ADDICTION: "Mary's addiction had completely taken over the person she once was, someone her family missed dearly."
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