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Sussman, Steve and Sussman, Alan N [Biomed Central] . (2011) Considering the definition of addiction. MDPI. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8 (10)

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC32105...

The definition of addiction is explored. Elements of addiction derived from a literature search that uncovered 52 studies include: (a) engagement in the behavior to achieve appetitive effects, (b) preoccupation with the behavior, (c) temporary satiation, (d) loss of control, and (e) suffering negative consequences. Differences from compulsions are suggested. While there is some debate on what is intended by the elements of addictive behavior, we conclude that these five constituents provide a reasonable understanding of what is intended by the concept. Conceptual challenges for future research are mentioned.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder
Source:Biomed Central
Date:October 2011
Page Range:pp. 4025-38
Publisher:MDPI
Volume:8
Number:10
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors

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