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San Francisco Interventionists and Addiction Consulting: Addictive Diseases and Addiction Signs

Addictive disease encompasses alcoholism, chemical dependency, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), gambling, sexual compulsivity, shopping, spending, work and internet. The common characteristic of all addictive diseases is loss of control. Of the addictive diseases, alcoholism is the most prevalent and is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine as follows:

Alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychological, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations.  The disease is often progressive and fatal.  It is characterized by:

  1. Impaired control over drinking;
  2. Preoccupation with the drug alcohol;
  3. Use of alcohol despite adverse consequences; and
  4. Distortions in thinking, most notably denial.

Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.

Many times alcoholism co-exists with another addictive disorder such as gambling, sexual compulsivity or an eating disorder.  Often alcoholics will be addicted to other drugs, legal and illegal, in conjunction with their alcoholism.

This definition, although specific to alcoholism, also generally describes other addictive disorders; gambling, sexual compulsivity, eating disorders, spending, work, internet.  Substitute the other activities, i.e. “gambling”, “spending”, etc in the place of “alcohol” and you will have a general definition of the addictive cycle for these other diseases.

Addiction Signs: Screening Test

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, check the box next to questions that you answer “yes” to:

If you didn't answer YES to any of these questions, your alcohol/drug use is under control. If you answered YES to any ONE of these questions, this is a definite warning that your alcohol/drug use may be becoming problematic.  It’s time to take a close look at your lifestyle. 

If you answered YES to any TWO questions, your life and those close to you are being adversely affected due to your alcohol/drug use. Consider getting help.

If you answered YES to any THREE OR MORE, your alcohol/drug use is definitely causing you and those close to you problems and needs be taken very seriously. Get help now!

Call Addiction Consulting Services, (415) 717-3675 for a free, confidential consultation from one of our San Francisco Interventionists.