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Sussman, Steve and Sussman, Alan N (2011) Considering the definition of addiction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8, (10), pp. 4025-38.

External website: 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
Article
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive
Date
October 2011
Page Range
pp. 4025-38
Publisher
MDPI
Volume
8
Number
10
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