Unfortunately, addiction is still a taboo subject, and that’s why many people still have problems admitting their condition. It’s also the reason the subject has not yet made its way to the mainstream. Hence, its definition is still somewhat vague.
Taylor Hunt is a yoga instructor and a recovering addict. She defines addiction as “an allergic reaction that is an obsession of the mind...wanting more, and more, and more.”
Extreme cases of substance abuse might be obvious. Other cases, some people have expressed shock on finding out their close friend is an addict. This can happen because addiction is progressive.
You can’t get addicted to something overnight. It is a gradual process of indulgence for one to become addicted. The time involved can also vary, based on the ‘thing’ a person is addicted to and the one’s mental resilience.