• Pre-addiction means that an individual is using substances in an unhealthy way but may not be diagnosed with a “severe substance use disorder,” or the clinical term for addiction.

  • Individuals with pre-addiction may experience negative consequences to their health, job, relationships or safety due to their substance use. 

  • At this stage, individuals are at risk of developing addiction if changes are not made. 

  • Lifestyle changes and behavioral health support at this stage can help prevent the onset of addiction and improve overall quality of life.

  • Addiction treatment is typically not appropriate for someone experiencing pre-addiction, who would benefit from lower levels of support. 

  • Pre-addiction treatment focuses on developing healthier habits and lifestyle changes that support improved overall mental health and wellbeing.

  • For some, pre-addiction means improving your relationship with substances so they can be used in a healthier way. For others, it may mean giving up substances altogether.