Decide for Yourself
Not everyone who uses or even misuses drugs or alcohol has an addiction. While there is a medical criteria for defining addiction, there is also a simple way of looking at: if a person wants to quit or control their drinking/drug use, but can’t, or won’t, despite harmful consequences, they are most likely addicted.
Each person is unique and there are exceptions to every rule, however, a good benchmark might be considering a 30-day time period. If someone wants to quit and can’t for 30 days, then that would be a key indicator that it might be more than misuse.
Below is a self-assessment tool that might help in determining what level of dependence on a substance one might have.