MentalHealth.net’s definition of addiction is repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable.
There are four key parts to this definition of addiction:
How do I know if I have an addiction?
According to Psychology Today, there are 6 signs and symptoms that can help you determine if you (or a loved one) are experiencing addiction:
If these signs and symptoms describe you or your loved one, this may be an addiction that is negatively impacting your/their quality of life. It may be time to seek assistance from a professional. Yorktown’s highly trained clinical staff are available to provide mental health and addictions counselling for youth at the West Toronto Youth Hub and the Infant, Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Centre.
Here are some additional resources that can help: