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What is Addiction

There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today’s age, acquired from prior positive experience engaging in that behavior, with significant potential for harm.


Gabor Mate (2015) has provided a succinct definition: “any repeated behavior, substance-related or not, in which a person feels compelled to persist, regardless of its negative impact on his life and the lives of others.”


Such a definition need not be limited to substance addiction, but also encompasses process addictions, such as gambling, shopping, or working.

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What causes addiction?
What is addiction treatment?
Does addiction treatment work?
What is withdrawal? How long does it last?
What is Recovery?
What does a recovery coach do?
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I’ve been dissatisfied with other counselors in the past. What is going to make this experience different with you?
What can I expect from my first appointment with a Recovery Coach?