Related Words for Addiction

Addiction vocabulary

This is a list of related words for addiction. This list of vocabulary items include collocations, defintions and examples.


A brain disorder identified by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite unfavorable consequences.

Collocations with the word addiction:
  • become, turn into addiction:
    'smoking can easily become an addiction.'
  • feed addiction:
    'He stole his mother's money to feed his destructive addiction.'
  • treat, beat, cure, overcome addiction:
    'She was fighting to overcome her addiction.'
  • have an addiction to...:
    'He had an addiction to heroin.'


An individual who is addicted to a particular substance or behavior.

Collocations with the word addict:

  • cocaine, drug, heroin, computer, television addict:
    'He has become a computer addict.'

Expressions related to addiction

go cold turkey

This refers to the abrupt cessation of a substance dependence and the resulting unpleasant experience, as opposed to gradually easing the process through reduction over time or by using replacement medication.


I had to go cold turkey.

Dependence on alcohol, drugs...

Dependence on an addictive behavior refers to the state of relying on or being controlled by this behavior.


His dependence on sleeping pills is destructive.

Drug rehabilitation

Drug rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on alcohol, cocaine, heroin, etc. The general intent is to enable the patient to confront substance dependence, if present, and cease substance abuse to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse.


A drug rehabilitation programme.


This refers to an excessive and dangerous dose of a drug.

Collocations with the word overdose:

  • large, massive overdose.
  • drug, heroin, paracetamol... overdose.
  • fatal, accidental overdose.
  • take an overdose.
  • die from/of an overdose.


This refers to a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

Collocations with the word overdose:

  • be in the habit of...
  • have the habit of...
  • acquire, develop, fall into, form, get into the habit of...
  • break (yourself of), get out of, give up the habit of...
  • by habit ( as in 'done by habit').
  • a creature of habit.
  • the habit of a lifetime.

Withdrawal symptoms

This refers to the unpleasant physical reaction that accompanies the process of ceasing to take an addictive drug.


A therapy that reduces withdrawal symptoms.

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