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Have you ever felt driven to do continue a wrong pattern of behavior even though you knew it wasn’t good for you? Have you ever been intensely or abnormally preoccupied with something sinful – almost like an unbreakable trance? Are you suffering the negative consequences of repeated behavior, but you keep doing it anyways? Have you discovered that you need more of a substance or behavior to achieve the same response? Do you feel trapped in an unending cycle of shameful conduct? If you answered yes to the questions above, you might be an addict. If you know someone described by the questions above, you might know an addict. Addiction can be defined as having an unhealthy or harmful relationship with a mood-altering substance or behavior. And often addicts can be described by words like compulsion, tolerance, obsession, and continuation despite adverse consequences. In the Addictions class we will explore types of addictions, the nature of addiction, the intersection of trauma, mental illness and addiction, as well as strategies for treatment and recovery.