How is addiction diagnosed?
Addiction is a very complex and sophisticated disease. Kristina Wandzilak, a professional interventionist featured in the TLC show "Addicted," puts it like this, "Addiction is a combination of genetic, biochemical, social, environmental and psychological events in a person's life that collide to create and manifest an addiction. And it's especially tricky to identify, because it rarely looks the same in any two people."
There's no exact equation to figure out how someone becomes an addict. But here are seven indicators that your loved one may be struggling with addiction. If three of the seven apply, he or she can be diagnosed as chemically dependent.