Addiction is sometimes used to refer to behavior that is out of control in some way, or to explain the experience of withdrawal when a substance or behavior is stopped. It can sometimes be heard in daily conversation, referring to trivial things such as, “I’m addicted to a TV show” or “I get a headache when I don’t have coffee, so I must be addicted to caffeine.” But addiction can be much more serious when it applies to alcohol or other forms of substance abuse.
In an effort to define addiction more clearly, it is best to see if the 4 C’s apply:
- Loss of control of amount of frequency of use
- Compulsion to use
- Use despite consequences
Although there was a time when insurance companies did not cover addiction treatment at all, there have been steps made to recognize addiction as a disease. Therefore, most insurance will offer some coverage for treatment, to varying degrees. This is a step in the right direction, but depending on your coverage, you could still be paying a hefty amount of money to find the right treatment for yourself and to heal.
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Facts & Figures - Addiction
Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of age, income levels or culture. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and severe substance abuse or gambling behavior can lead to very serious consequences. Often times, addiction and mental illness are linked and both are more common than one may expect.
Fact: People with substance use problems are up to 3 times more likely to have a mental illness.
Fact: The disease burden of mental illness and addiction in Ontario is 1.5 times higher than all cancers put together and more than 7 times that of all infectious diseases.
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