10 Criteria For Addiction


1) Loss of control: clear  behaviour in which you do more than you intend or want.

2) Compulsive behaviour : a pattern of out of control behaviour over time.

3) Efforts to stop: repeated specific attempts to stop the behaviour which fail.

4)  Loss of time: significant amounts of time lost doing and/or recovering from the behaviour.

5) Preoccupation:  obsessing about or because of the behaviour.

6) Inability to fulfil obligations:  the behaviour interferes with work, school, family, and friends.

7) Continuation despite consequences:  failure to stop the behaviour even

though you have problems because of it (social, legal, financial, physical).

8) Escalation:  need to make behaviour more intense, more frequent, or more risky.

9) Losses:  losing, limiting, or sacrificing valued parts of life such as hobbies, family, relationships and work.

10) Withdrawl:  stopping behaviour causes considerable distress, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, or physical discomfort.