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  Bio - Addiction Wikipedia Addictions
Addiction is a compulsion to repeat a behavior regardless of its consequences.
Psychological addictions are a dependency of the mind, and lead to psychological withdrawal symptoms.
It is frequently noted that certain addictions "run in the family," and while researchers continue to explore the extent of genetic influence, there is strong evidence that genetic predisposition is often a factor in dependency.
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Addiction is a chronic disorder proposed to be precipitated by a combination of genetic, biological/pharmacological and social factors.
Addictions can theoretically form for any rewarding behavior, or as a habitual means to avoid undesired activity, but typically they only do so to a clinical level in individuals who have emotional, social, or psychological dysfunctions, taking the place of normal positive stimuli not otherwise attained (see Rat Park).
Psychological addiction, as opposed to physiological addiction, is a person's need to use a drug or engage in a behavior despite the harm caused out of desire for the effects it produces, rather than to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
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Addiction is a compulsion to repeat a certain behavior.
The term addiction is also used for the purely psychological phenomenon of compulsive destructive behavior such as excessive gambling.
Addiction should not be confused with Dependence in the context of Opiates.
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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Addictive   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Addiction is a compulsion to repeat a certain behavior.
The term addiction is also used for the purely psychological phenomenon of compulsive destructive behavior such as excessive gambling.
Addiction should not be confused with Dependence in the context of Opiates.
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 Addiction - Psychology Wiki
Addiction is a compulsion to repeat a behaviour regardless of its consequences.
Addiction is often characterized by a craving for more of the drug or behavior, increased physiological tolerance to exposure, and withdrawal symptoms in the absence of the stimulus.
Not all doctors do agree on what addiction or dependency is*, particularly because, traditionally, addiction has been defined as being possible only to a psychoactive substance (for example alcohol, tobacco, or drugs), which is ingested, crosses the blood-brain barrier, and alters the natural chemical behaviour of the brain temporarily.
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Addiction is a chronic disorder proposed to be precipitated by a combination of genetic, biological/pharmacological and social factors.
Addiction is now narrowly defined as "uncontrolled, compulsive use"; if there is no harm being suffered by, or damage done to, the patient or another party, then clinically it may be considered compulsive, but to the definition of some it is not categorized as "addiction".
Psychological addiction, as opposed to physiological addiction, is a person's need to use a drug or engage in a behavior despite the harm caused out of desire for the effects it produces, rather than to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
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 Addiction treatment & addiction recovery: Psychological treatments for addictions
Treatments for addiction vary depending on the type of addiction and severity of the addiction, many addicts however whatever their addiction will almost certainly benefit from psychological treatment as part of their rehabilitation programme.
Counselling helps a person to look at their addiction as a whole and see how it is affecting different aspects of their lives and helps a person to develop strategies for dealing with their addiction, overcoming it and preventing relapse.
When someone asks for help in quitting their addiction they will be given a through examination to determine the course of action which will be best suited to them and their problem.
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 Types of Addiction
Addictions come in many different shapes and forms.There are different drugs, which in turn have different effects and there are different types of addictions, depending on the way these drugs affect the body and mind of the user.
It is important to know these differences when approaching addiction treatment rehab centers and programs, not only for the abuser and his family and friends, but also from the point of view of the professionals within these facilities, in order for them to make an accurate diagnosis and successfully treat the addiction.
Psychological addictions are a little more complicated to treat as targeting the specific area of the brain that is responsible for the effects of using the drug can often be difficult.
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 Free From Addictions - Let’s overcome addictions together!
An addiction is defined as a state of strong dependence of a substance or practice, to the point that this dependence has harmful consequences on the life of the addicted person.
It is a physical or psychological disorder that may result of the combination of several aspects of a person, such as social life, physical health, psychological health, genetic predispositions and others.
Psychological dependence is usually associated with practices more than substances, although certain substances like tobacco are thought to cause both physical and psychological addiction.
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 Psychological Assessment
Sometimes the term is mistakenly used interchangeably with "psychological testing." Specifically, psychological testing is a part of the psychological assessment, and is defined as the procedure by which one or more psychological instruments are administered to one person or a group of people to examine a specific area(s) of functioning.
The type and number of psychological tests employed, the clinical interview format and the focus of the psychological assessment is determined by the referral source.
Expedient information regarding a patient's addiction disorder, whether it be alcohol, cocaine, food, sex, gambling, etc., is most important to help understand the patient's weaknesses and strengths, allowing the clinical staff to provide the most appropriate addiction treatment.
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 Psychological Addiction, Physical Addiction, Addictive Character
Addiction - The negative end state of a syndrome (of neurobiological and psychosocial causes) resulting in continued or increasing repetitve involvement despite consequences and conscious efforts to discontinue the behavior.
Addiction to any particular substance or behavior is seen mainly as a matter of personal vulnerability, exposure and access, and the capacity to produce a desirable shift in mental state.
The similarity between the observed characteristics of psychological addiction and physical addiction renders them impossible to differentiate without reference to their origins (as is true of psychological and endogenous depression).
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 Psychological addictions - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Psychological addictions   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The meaning of ‘addiction’ is complicated and depends partly on the drug to which is being referred.
We do not know the extent to which this is driven by chemical processes in the body, thought processes in the mind, or the social influence of the people in contact with the addict.
Although physical addiction always has a psychological element, not all psychological dependence is accompanied by physical dependence.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Psychological+addictions   (471 words)

 Addiction - Medical Encyclopedia
Some people have scant sympathy for people with serious addictions, believing either that a person with greater moral strength could have the force of will to break an addiction, or that the addict demonstrated a great moral failure in the first place by starting the addiction.
Others do not focus on blame, and believe that addictions are simply diseases that must be treated.
The word addiction is sometimes used jokingly to refer to something a person has a passion for.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Psychological addictions   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Traditional definitions of addiction, with their criteria of physical dependence and withdrawal (and often an underlying tenor of depravity and sin) have been modified with...
Not a formal psychiatric diagnosis, codependency is a psychological syndrome noted in relatives or partners of alcoholics or...
A psychological and sometimes physical state of reliance on a substance, especially on a narcotic drug such as cocaine or heroin, but also on everyday drugs such as nicotine, caffeine, or...
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Psychological addiction is when psychologically the person likes something – gets good psychological feelings or emotions from the drug (or the behavior), and then they like it and when they don’t have it, they miss it.
Psychological addictions can be just as hard to break for the individual person suffering from it as a physical addiction but there are very important differences between the two – especially as these facts relate to smoking.
People who have psychological addictions can stop doing the behavior once they handle the psychological part of their mind that wants the drug or the behavior – substituting another alternative or otherwise satisfying the underlying need in some other way – and stop without any physical pain or withdrawal.
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 [Thrasher] Drug Addiction
Addictions aren’t always the same, they are constantly changing, and as they change they change the person suffering from the addiction.
The beginning of an addiction is when a person continually uses a drug or substance as a form of dealing with a situation.
Many scientists say that addictions are psychological because the person does things for the drug that may harm them.
www.thrashermagazine.com /index.php?SCREEN=study_science_drugaddict   (861 words)

 Spiritual Research into Addictions
Addictions are a worldwide phenomenon adversely affecting the lives of millions across all geographical boundaries and cultures.
The reason behind 70% of the addictions being due to ancestors is the give-and-take account and the karmic bond between them and their descendents.
No two cases of addiction are similar at a spiritual level and it will be difficult to apply a generic remedy to fit all cases where ghosts or ancestors are the root cause of the addiction.
www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org /spiritualresearch/mentalhealth/addiction   (5183 words)

 Addiction - Wikipedia
Addiction is a somewhat vague term for a compulsion to repeat a destructive behavior.
The term is also used for the purely psychological phenomenon of compulsive destructive behavior such as gambling.
The word addiction is some times used jokingly to refer to something a person has a passion for.
nostalgia.wikipedia.org /wiki/Addiction   (330 words)

 Addiction: The Compulsive Avoidance of Immediate Pain
Addiction is a loaded word that evokes strong reactions such as fear, anger, pity, condemnation, compassion, and disgust.
Physical addiction and psychological addiction: Being physically addicted to alcohol means the body has adapted to the chronic use of alcohol to such a degree that in its absence the body can't function properly or doesn't feel right.
Thus, psychological addictions are unconscious strategies for avoiding emotional pain whereas physical addictions involve compulsive behaviors to avoid the physical pain of withdrawal.
serenityonlinetherapy.com /addiction.htm   (798 words)

 Overcoming Addictions Feature Story
Addiction is the number-one disease of civilization, and it’s directly and indirectly related to all other diseases.
Besides physical addictions, such as the addiction to food, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, there are psychological addictions, such as the addiction to work, to sex, to television, to shopping, to appearing young, to suffering, to anxiety, to melodrama, to perfection.
All addictions are really a search for the exultation of spirit, and this search has to do with the expansion of consciousness, the intoxication of love, which is pure consciousness.
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 Social models are used in the treatment of psychological addictions
Psychological addiction, on the other hand, does not have such withdrawal symptoms, as the physical dependence does, but it also can be destructive to the person's life.
As long as such addiction is only a certain behavior pattern, it can easily be formed by any sort of activity that is pleasant for the person.
The main idea is that addiction is caused by some sort of defect or weakness in the character of a person.
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 Addiction Science Network: Primer on Drug Addiction
The most common misunderstanding is that addiction refers to a state of physical dependence on a drug whereby discontinuing drug intake produces a withdrawal syndrome consisting of various somatic disturbances.
Addiction is better defined as a behavioral syndrome where drug procurement and use seem to dominate the individual’s motivation and where the normal constraints on behavior are largely ineffective.
This condition has also been described as a "psychological" addiction (thus distinguishing it from physical dependence archaically termed "physical" addiction), but confusion is minimized by using the term addiction to refer to the behavioral syndrome described above and the term physical dependence to refer to the condition associated with somatic withdrawal reactions.
www.addictionscience.net /ASNprimer.htm   (1717 words)

 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Provides Holistic Addiction Recovery Options to a Variety of Addicts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
From Representative Kennedy’s addiction, to Hillary Swank discussing addiction as a reason for her divorce from actor Chad Lowe, drug and alcohol addiction has become almost a daily fixture in the media.
Giordano and Goldfarb Holistic Addiction Treatment Center (http://www.drugrehabcenter.com) hopes to provide assistance to individuals suffering from addictions such as those, using their 17 years of experience in holistic addiction rehabilitation.
The Holistic Addiction Treatment Center provides holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation services on an inpatient or outpatient basis, attacking the problem of addiction in a complete manner that focuses on each client’s mind, body, and soul.
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/7/prweb411830.htm   (541 words)

 Psychological Addiction
Psychological Addiction can be difficult to understand as it is sometimes combined with a physical addiction and this can cause confusion as to whether the patient continues to use the situation, activity, substance or object because of a craving caused by their mind or by their body.
However, it is important to note that in some patients the Psychological Addiction is the sole disorder, and is not combined with a physical dependency to drugs or other alcohol.
Addiction is a quantitative change in behavior patterns whereby things that once had priority in the patient’s life become less important and those less frequent behaviors now dominate the patient’s life and thinking, causing adverse biological, social, or psychological consequences.
www.bipolarcentral.com /otherillnesses/psychological_addiction.asp   (1239 words)

 The Addictive Process
Floyd P. Garrett, M.D. The addictive process is a recognizable psychological and behavioral syndrome that expresses itself in a particular individual in regard to specific substances or processes but which exhibits a striking similarity and commonality among addicted individuals regardless of their specific circumstances and particular addictions.
Crossover, switching of addictions, multiple addictions and a changing pattern of addiction are common but not universal features of an underlying addictive illness with recognizable structural features of its own.
There are many paths and ways to recover from addiction but all require the capacity for honesty with oneself and the willingness and ability to bear the temporary but often intense discomforts associated with the loss of a love.
www.bma-wellness.com /addictions/addictions.html   (752 words)

 N.H. veterans garden to help with addictions, depression - Boston.com
Veterans trying to shake off addictions and depression are helping themselves by growing vegetables.
The farm opened two years ago and is run by Veterans Hospice Homestead, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical, psychological and spiritual care for veterans in need of help.
No pesticides or chemicals are used on the farm, which means the 10 or so veterans-turned-farmers spend countless hours hand-picking pests from cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and various other vegetables.
www.boston.com /news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/08/04/nh_veterans_garden_to_help_with_addictions_depression   (559 words)

 Article - Addictions
Addiction is associated primarily with narcotic drugs or alcohol.
Thus addiction is basically being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.
Psychological addictions are a dependency of the mind rather than body, and lead to psychological withdrawal symptoms.
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 Psychological addiction - TheBestLinks.com - Psychological addictions, Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Psychological addiction, as opposed to physiological addiction, is a person's need to use a drug out of desire for the effects it produces, rather than to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
However, one may become psychologically addicted if he/she comes to depend upon the drug's effect as part of normal existence.
The cause of the addiction in either case is much different, though, as is the type of treatment preferred.
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