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Addiction

Everyone is familiar with the maxim that addiction is insanity is “doing the same thing time and again, always expecting a different result.” On the ground, this definition seems a bit trite and judgmental, and likely useful for a more concrete mindset. A more biochemical definition includes the often unconscious and compulsive aspect: “in addiction, pursuit of rewards persists, despite life problems that accumulate due to addictive behaviors, even when engagement in the behaviors ceases to be pleasurable.”

http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction