Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!

Substance Use Whether you are combating substance abuse, are in search support, or have questions about drugs or alcohol, ask in this forum.

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
Junior TeenHelper
SuperBrunetteCutie4Ever's Avatar
Name: Alisha
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Location: BC, Canada

Posts: 277
Join Date: April 10th 2009

Question Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 29th 2011, 10:46 PM

I'm curious because caffeine is considered a drug so, would it be safe to assume that someone addicted to Caffeine is a drug addict or not?

Everthing I see seems to be a lie. And everything you see in me you think is the truth. But, really all you see is what I'm masking the real me with. You never see me cry. Because I'll never let you. And you'll never see me die because I feel like I already have in a way.

  (#2 (permalink)) Old
bellabel19 Offline
Welcome me, I'm new!
bellabel19's Avatar
Name: Bella
Gender: Female

Posts: 39
Join Date: April 18th 2011

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 30th 2011, 04:16 AM

Lmao you just called everyone who drinks coffee regularly druggies xD

I see your point, but uhhhh.... not really. We may be addicted to caffeine but we're not necessarily 'drug addicts'
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
Stupidity Kills
Outside, huh?
OMFG!You'reActuallySmart!'s Avatar

Posts: 4,500
Blog Entries: 10
Join Date: December 19th 2009

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 30th 2011, 04:27 AM

It depends what you consider a "drug" to be as there are different definitions. Pharmacologically, every substance you administer or gets administered by someone is a drug. Socially, certain compounds are considered drugs. Legally, caffeine is not found in any of the 8 Schedules of Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Hence, it wouldn't legally be a drug causing addiction. From a psychiatric view using the DSM-IV-TR, caffeine results in neither substance dependence nor substance abuse (labels often considered as "addiction"). Instead, it is listed as a form of intoxication and such intoxication is associated with anxiety and sleep disorders. In other words, from a psychiatric view caffeine is not an addictive substance making someone a drug addict to caffeine.

Overall, it depends on how you're defining the term "drug".

Also, there's the issue over what properties of a drug you consider to make it addicting. That is, do you require tolerance, dependency and/or withdrawal in addictions? It seems like a silly question but when you look at drugs such as MDMA, you notice there is tolerance WITHOUT withdrawal symptoms (any symptoms are deemed negligible) by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3,4-met...ethamphetamine On a side-note, its legal status in Canada is a bit weird because technically, its perfectly legal but its metabolites are generally illegal.

For caffeine, it has tolerance and withdrawal symptoms but lacks dependency. That is, there's no actual cravings for caffeine. It's important to have a solid definition of addiction because it would apply to all other compounds or drugs, so you cant flip-flop the definition per compound or drug.

I can rip you off, and steal all your cash, suckerpunch you in the face, stand back and laugh. Leave you stranded as fast as a heart-attack.
- Danko Jones (I Think Bad Thoughts)
1 user(s) liked this post or found it helpful.
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
CitizenErased Offline
Erase all the memories
Junior TeenHelper
CitizenErased's Avatar
Name: Aidan
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Location: Devon, UK

Posts: 349
Blog Entries: 10
Join Date: October 20th 2010

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 30th 2011, 08:47 PM

I don;t think so. I struggle with caffeine 'addiction'. However, its closer to being a 'craving' rather than me suffering from withdrawal symptoms. I very much doubt someone could get admitted to a rehab facility if they were just addicted to caffeine, so because of that, I don't think that regular caffeine users could be called druggies.

HelpLINK Mentor:

LiveHelp Operator

Wash me away
Clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They will only bring us pain
And I've seen all I'll ever need
  (#5 (permalink)) Old
Kumagoro Offline
Formerly ChaosControl
I've been here a while
Kumagoro's Avatar
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 1,567
Blog Entries: 14
Join Date: March 30th 2009

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 30th 2011, 08:55 PM

I don't think people are likely to get addicted to caffeine in the same way as illegal drugs - hence why it isn't illegal. But technically speaking it's a drug - it effects you physiologically, impacts upon the nervous system, etc.

I wouldn't class a caffeine addict as a drug addict because I'd use the term for more serious addictions. You can be addicted to caffeine, but it's not considered particularly dangerous in the majority of situations.

  (#6 (permalink)) Old
Coffee. Offline
Condom Queen
TeenHelp Addict
Coffee.'s Avatar
Name: Traci
Age: 26
Gender: she/her/hers
Location: North Carolina

Posts: 8,147
Blog Entries: 639
Join Date: October 29th 2009

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 30th 2011, 09:33 PM

If so, I'm a super addict. xD I need...super rehab.
Technically, it could be considered a dependency. However, if it's not hurting your life, I don't see too much of a problem.

I said to the sun, "Tell me about the big bang"
& the sun said “it hurts to become."
Andrea Gibson, "I Sing The Body Electric; Especially When My Power Is Out"
  Send a message via MSN to Coffee.  
  (#7 (permalink)) Old
arepo Offline
I can't get enough
arepo's Avatar

Posts: 2,434
Blog Entries: 19
Join Date: June 7th 2009

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - May 31st 2011, 12:41 AM

It's socially accepted. It is a drug but no one cares because everyone does it. Everyone drinks soda and coffee and whatever else.

I don't mean everyone, I'm simply generalising. Deal with it. K.

“There is nothing beautiful about the wreckage of a human being.
There is nothing pretty about damage, about pain, about heartache.
What is beautiful is their strength, their resilience, their fortitude
as they display an ocean of courage when they pick through the
wreckage of their life to build something beautiful brand new,
against every odd that is stacked against them.” — Nikita Gill
  (#8 (permalink)) Old
NevermindMe Offline
The Straight Edge Sniper
I've been here a while
NevermindMe's Avatar
Gender: Male

Posts: 1,816
Join Date: March 8th 2011

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - June 1st 2011, 04:25 AM

I don't count it as a drug, the straight edge community doesn't, the government doesn't, but scientifically it is.

Socially, no.
Techinically, yes. However it doesn't create a mental dependency nor an abnormal high other than heightened reflexes.

- Justin

"Buy it, use it, break it, fix it,
Trash it, change it, mail, upgrade it,
Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it,
Snap it, work it, quick, erase it,
Write it, cut it, paste it, save it,
Load it, check it, quick, rewrite it"
  (#9 (permalink)) Old
Jesus paid it ALL.
I've been here a while
Name: Emily
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: Georgia( the U.S. state)

Posts: 1,928
Join Date: June 6th 2010

Re: Is a Caffeine Addict, a Drug Addict? - June 1st 2011, 05:11 PM

yes and no it is a drug so yes if you are TRULY addicted, then you could say you are a drug addict, however it is not something that people usually consider as one, this may be because frankly other than being tired and a headache once and a while if the amount is widely varied there are few side effects.


PM me
All or nothing for Christ Was I love dogs

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life John 3:16 ( 21st century King James Viersion)
Closed Thread


addict, caffeine, drug

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All material copyright ©1998-2019, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.