The American Society of Addiction Medicine has this definition for Addiction:
"Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations....The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships. ...Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death."
Addiction is a treatable disease but because it is characterized by such insidious behaviors and cycles of denial, it is important to understand the fundamental issues that are involved when dealing with addiction. Eating disorders and weight loss can become addictive cycles that are difficult to break unless certain positive actions are taken and recovery is sought out. Finding a therapist, treatment program or rehab that deals with your specific addiction is crucial to a long-term recovery track.
If you think you or someone you love has an issue with drugs, alcohol, food or other addictions, please know there is help!