Addiction is a treatable disease. It can refer to dependence on multiple drugs such as alcohol and other drugs. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what an addiction is, how to treat it, and much more.
Worried About Addiction?-Topic Overview
If you follow your doctor's directions about taking narcotic medicines-and you don't have a history of substance abuse-your risk of getting addicted is small. In the past,narcotics were used only for short periods for short-term pain or for cancer pain. Many experts now also use them for longer periods to treat chronic pain. You can take these drugs,which are sometimes called opioids,to ...
Withdrawal From Antidepressants: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments
Why do some people experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping antidepressants? WebMD explains.
Treatment Options for Addiction to Painkillers
Breaking free from an addiction to prescription drugs takes more than willpower. Learn more from WebMD about the medications and types of counseling that can help get someone on the road to recovery.
Maintaining Drug Abuse Recovery
Staying in recovery after prescription drug abuse means coping with psychological addiction and craving. Find out what's needed to stay clean.
Do You Have an Addictive Personality?
Find out what an addictive personality is and whether you might have one.
Gambling Wave Sets Stage for Addiction
Glamorization of gambling may create a new generation of addicts.
Let It Go: Taming Soft Addictions
Downtime is America's favorite pastime, but could you really be suffering from a soft addiction?
Bath Salts Drugs: Problems, Ingredients, Dangers, and More
WebMD talks about the health dangers of “bath salts” drugs and why you should avoid them.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Could You Be Hooked? Surprising Addictions
Cell phones, social media, chocolate, a runner's high -- what is it you feel like you're addicted to? Why do we feel we can't live without these things?
Slideshow: Commonly Abused Drugs
This slideshow features pictures of commonly abused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including depressants, pain relievers, and stimulants.