Addiction is the repeated and excessive use of substances or activities in which the addicted derive a sense of pleasure and gratification. But the satisfaction is fleeting, and the ensuing pathological behavior results instead in increased feelings of depression and self-loathing perpetuating more of the same in a vicious ongoing cycle. Addiction itself is a general term which encompasses a broad range of influences and factors spanning from the emotional, physical and mental aspects of the disease. The word addiction is used in many different contexts, but more often than not to describe the physiological effects of the drug . This refers to the physical and biomechanical sensations which occur when the person begins to develop a tolerance to the drug. Then there is the psychological component of the addiction governed by the mind and its various associations positive or negative. For instance a heroin user will exhibit symptoms of unease and anxiety when in conditions that remind them of their habit. However the majority of addictive symptoms are not characterized by tolerance or mental associations and cues. Users exhibit compulsive abuse of gambling, drugs and sex preceded by emotional stressors regardless if there is a physical precedent for addiction. Since the psychological basis of this addictive behavior follows no set pattern this explains why people waver between different types of addiction and even non-drug associated activity. The emphasis on addiction isn’t the issue its the compulsive need to self-medicate when faced with certain environmental stressors. Treating this kind of addiction requires an understanding of how it works psychologically.