Living with addiction

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Addiction is hard for all people involved. The person(s) with the addiction find that it is easier to suppress the pain rather than deal with what is bothering them head on.

The clinical definition for addiction is: Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.

Just because they’re not breaking things at home or ending up dead in the streets they think that no damage is being done, WRONG!  The people around them are being harmed by their words, actions, and behavior.  What are we supposed to do? How can we help?


When a person has an addiction, and they stop taking the substance or engaging in the behavior, they may experience certain symptoms.

These symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • tremors and shaking
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • a loss of appetite

If a person has regularly used alcohol or benzodiazepines, and they stop suddenly or without medical supervision, withdrawal can be fatal.

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