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The components of addiction

Monday, November 14, 2016 15:59
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What are the components of addiction? Mark Griffiths believes

that to be classed as an addiction, any such behaviour should comprise a number of key components, including overriding preoccupation with the behaviour, conflict with other activities and relationships, withdrawal symptoms when unable to engage in the activity, an increase in the behaviour over time (tolerance), and use of the behaviour to alter mood state.

Other consequences, such as feeling out of control with the behaviour and cravings for the behaviour are often present.

…There is a lot of scientific literature showing that having one addiction increases the propensity to have other addictions.

…It is also common for people who give up one addiction to replace it with another (which we psychologists call “reciprocity”).

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