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Addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain. It is a chronic, often relapsing brain disorder with strong behavioral components. Addiction is not just limited to drugs or alcohol, but can also be seen in other behaviors like gambling, shopping and sex.

Compulsive behaviors are characterized by a sense of loss of control over the behavior and an inability to stop despite negative consequences. Compulsive behaviors are not always related to addiction, but they can be seen together in some cases.

The prevalence of addiction and compulsive behaviors has increased with the rise in technology use. The internet has become an increasingly powerful tool for many people who are addicted to it or have compulsive behaviors that involve it such as online gaming or pornography viewing.