Addiction is persistent use of mood-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.) under uncontrolled urge to use them despite knowing the repercussions. The state is also known as dependency. This urge, if not attended in time both psychologically and physiologically, starts affecting social, behavioral, and medical well being of the addict. The repercussions may include, but not be limited to, dreadful diseases like cancer and/or organ failure, gross and fine neuromotor dysfunction, impaired cognitive ability, psycho social neglect, and in some cases even death.
Like any other disease, addiction also requires a treatment for complete cure, both medically and psychologically. Medically to cure body's dependency on such substances and to detoxify the body for absorbed toxic substances, and psychologically to increase body's ability to sustain the withdrawal and gain mental strength to oppose and control the urge to use thereby attaining a NO ADDICTION state.