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Types of addiction

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

By Eric Metcalf, MPH @EricMetcalfMPH Often seeing isn’t believing for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Denial is a common response for people with addictions. They may deny that they have a substance abuse problem. They may refuse to see that their behavior is having a harmful effect on themselves or their loved […]

Treatments For Sex Addiction

Treatments For Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction is a complicated condition and one that not even all experts can agree about in terms of diagnosis. Many experts would say that it doesn’t exist, that addiction and addictive disorders should be restricted to drugs and alcohol. No expert, however, would deny that some people develop obsessive and destructive behaviors related to […]

Sex Addicts’ Version Of The Dry Drunk

Sex Addicts’ Version Of The Dry Drunk

Among the AA set, the term “dry drunk” is frequently used to describe a condition of returning to one’s old alcoholic thinking and behavior without actually having taken a drink. The underlying premise of most recovery programs, particularly 12-step groups, is that true sobriety is contingent upon spiritual recovery and personal growth, not merely upon a […]

‘Eating Addiction’ More Accurate Than ‘Food Addiction,’ Researchers Say

‘Eating Addiction’ More Accurate Than ‘Food Addiction,’ Researchers Say

Food addiction is an informally defined term that addiction specialists, doctors and the general public sometimes use to characterize the repeated, dysfunctional intake of food. Some researchers believe that this type of behavioral addiction stems from the consumption of specific food types that produce highly agreeable sensations in the brain’s pleasure center. However, according to […]

Are There Similar Brain Effects In Alcoholism And Internet Gaming Disorder?

Are There Similar Brain Effects In Alcoholism And Internet Gaming Disorder?

Alcoholism is an officially recognized form of substance addiction currently classified as part of a larger condition called alcohol use disorder. Internet gaming disorder is a proposed but not officially recognized form of non-substance-related behavioral addiction or addictive disorder. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addictive Disorders, a team of […]

Internet Compulsion Comes And Goes, Researchers Find

Internet Compulsion Comes And Goes, Researchers Find

People affected by Internet addiction have a dysfunctional relationship with one or more aspects of Internet use, including such things as playing games, using social media or participating in general “surfing.” The American Psychiatric Association has yet to formulate a precise definition for such an addiction, but researchers and addiction specialists have developed screening tools […]