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What is addiction?

Addiction is a physical or psychological need to do, take, or use something to such an extent that it could become harmful to you and others around you. In the brain, addiction can affect your reward, motivation, and memory systems. 

An individual with an addiction will intensely crave and do many things to obtain a substance or behaviour to ease their cravings. Over time, addictions can interfere with daily functioning.  

Some examples of addictions include:  

  • Prescription or illicit drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Food 
  • Sex and pornography
  • Internet
  • Gambling
  • Exercise
  • Video games
  • Shopping. 

Support at Curtin

Use the support network at Curtin University to learn how to effectively recognise and manage symptoms of addiction. Professional confidentiality is taken seriously at Curtin’s Psychological and Counselling Services, so any information discussed will remain private unless you or others are in danger or if legally obligated to disclose.

Additional resources for addiction