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Questions tagged [addiction]

For questions about the use and abuse of substances or behaviors that provoke a consequence

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Can one be physcally addicted to a substance without developing any psychological dependence?

If an individual is addicted to a physically addictive substance in the sense that they show signs of discontinuation syndrome or withdrawl, is there any possibility that this person may not also be ...
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To what extent is control over when a substance is used relevant to addiction?

For example, let's say someone uses X amount of heroin a week, and no more than Y a day. If somehow their arm is connected to a device that randomly (unpredictably, but within their "waking leisure ...
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Are the findings of the Rat Park experiments applicable to porn addiction?

Many people say porn is addictive, but the conversation around this sounds quite similar to the conversation around drugs - https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/...
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Can addiction develop to the absence of a normally present negative stimulus?

I am wondering, can someone become addicted to the absence or the removal of a negative stimulus? Normally, addiction is associated with pleasure-inducing drugs, like opiates and amphetamines as ...
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How addictive is Heroine?

I keep hearing that "*Heroine is so addictive the very first dose is enough to get you hooked on it*". Personally, I have a hard time believing any substance could do that to you. But I could believe ...
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“Dependence” in DSM-5

I've read with some interest and amusement the following first-hand account (2006) on the confusion surrounding the DSM-IV meaning of "dependence" : One of us (C.O.) was a member of the committee ...
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Study about addiction to placebo

I was wondering if anyone knows about a study where people were given a placebo, then told over and over that it was addictive and would have terrible trouble coming off of it. It would be nice if ...
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Beyond CBT and MBI, what are effective behavioral interventions for modern lifestyle addictions during their engagement? [closed]

Some modern activities exploit the primitive mammalian reward areas in the brain. They include immediate access to social media, video games, music, sugar, pornographic material, gambling etc. Worse, ...
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Is there a formal name for the compulsive and recurrent urges to pick one's nose in order to remove perceived imperfections?

Under which formal category does the following condition fall?: the condition of experiencing frequent and compulsive urges to pick one's nose searching for any possible perceived imperfections (be ...
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Is access to entertainment harmful for erudition?

People tend to be addicted to entertainment. It is often seen that children who are less successful at education spent more of their time with media. Is more access to media inevitably going to do ...
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Brain and General Sections

Whereabouts in the brain gets triggered/switched on when an addictive substance is ingested/taken. I'm doing an addiction study with a couple of colleagues and would like some help with it.
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Are there any types of good addiction

Many more things than I previously thought can be considered addiction, so I was wondering whether an addiction is always bad
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Technical term for “hidden addictions”

In The Forbidden Keys to Persuasion, Blair Warren discusses seven “hidden addictions”: the need to feel needed; the need for hope in difficult situations; the need for a scapegoat (to believe our ...
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Best meditation techniques to overcome Behavioral Addictions?

Meditation seems to be one of the top techniques recommended nowadays for self-development (e.g. McGonigal, K. 2011). For people who want to overcome behavioural addictions (i.e. any "addiction that ...
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Can you get addicted from using topical or local anaesthetics to ease pain?

I've been wondering if there was such a thing as developing some kind of physical or psychological dependence on things that relieve pain. While we often hear about opioid addiction, which is ...
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Childhood IQ and pattern of drug use in adulthood

A study by White et al. (2012) using a large UK sample concludes that In this cohort, high childhood IQ was related to illegal drug use in adulthood. Note that this does not refer to habitual ...
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Is tianeptine addictive?

A recent (2014) study in cell cultures has found that tianeptine is a mu-opioid receptor (MOR) agonist (and [mentioning for completeness] delta opioid receptor agonist as well, albeit weaker). It's ...
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Causality studies between porn use and masturbation frequency?

Research into purported porn addiction (which goes by many names, PPU = problematic porn use being one) identified strong correlation between porn use and frequency of masturbation. For instance: Is ...
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Is regular, heavy drinking required to keep an extremely high tolerance to alcohol?

Is regular, heavy drinking required to keep an extremely high tolerance to alcohol? In this case, an extremely high tolerance is walking and talking at a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.421. Or, is ...
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Why brain can't get used to low dopamine levels? [closed]

When you use dopamine increasing drugs (such as cocaine) for long time the brain down-regulates dopamine receptors.Then dopamine has less sites to bind, therefore not making the same effect as before, ...
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Is there a name for sudden addiction relieving clarity? [closed]

I struggled for years to quit smoking, then after many failed attempts I stopped without any difficulty. I've also experienced this on other things, like when I'll want to do something but I lack the ...
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Comparison of Aversion Therapy to other interventions for nail-biting

A product Pavlock, which is essentially a shock bracelet for Aversion Therapy, markets itself as an intervention for a range of habits, including procrastination and nail-biting. Wikipedia cites the ...
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Why do people get addicted to things like TV, Facebook, games?

I am studying for exams but there's a TV series I couldn't get enough of. Is there any explanation to all addiction thing that happens with our brain? EDIT I'm not talking about procrastination but ...
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Applications of project management techniques to managing recovery while in residential addiction treatment programs [closed]

As some background, the Scrum process is a project management process used primarily in software engineering (it's what's sometimes called a type of Agile methodology). Its focus is on developing ...
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Why does an addict always remain one? [closed]

I'm asking this from a purely psychological and biological viewpoint, mainly why a drug addict is said to always remain one, even after sobering up.
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Is there a technical term for someone being burnt out on something they enjoy?

What I mean is like how one might tire of a typical everyday activity they enjoy if they indulge in it too much, like how if you listen to your favorite album too many times you eventually won't be ...
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Why is Internet Addiction Disorder not listed in the DSM-5 manual?

Disclaimer - I am not a student of psychology. I'm currently researching Internet Addiction Disorder and online games for a paper I'm writing. Is there an actual reason why it's not included? Is it ...
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Can music be addictive?

As playing games for a prolonged period, tend to develop a addictive behavior in humans, Is there any possibility for addiction to music? i.e. When a person listens to certain list of songs and gets ...
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Is gaming more addictive than watching movies or tv shows?

Are there studies that demonstrate that gaming is more addictive than watching movies or tv shows? There's this article that talks about dopamine and rewards. It makes sense, but are there similar ...
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Quit smoking supported by mental training

Given that mental training/workout releases acetylcholine (something I read in a popular-scientific book and on Wiki, see also below) , and that acetylcholine and nicotine bind to the same receptors. ...
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What does it mean to say that mental illness is a modern-day leprosy?

I was reading about mental illnesses and then thought one day that the uninformed regard mental illnesses the same way leprosy was regarded. I looked up about leprosy and some papers and articles ...
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How is ADHD different to internet/social media/information addiction? [closed]

One of the concerns about ADHD diagnosis is how is it not just inattentiveness due to the modern hazard of instant gratification via social media/the internet. Here's a post of a wrote on the ...
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Why do we like stories?

Almost everyone likes a good story, the way in which it is delivered matters, but most people love a good story in one form or another, whether it's delivered through conversation, a book, a video ...
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Neurobiology of addiction recovery [closed]

While addiction is one of the most studied topics in neurobiology, I don't see very much info on recovery. The information I have found is confusing. This one says striatal DAT bindings return to ...
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Can hypnosis stop cigarette smoking?

Alas, advertisements or commercials for "hypnotherapy" to stop any number of bad habits from smoking to weight gain are almost unavoidable now days. Are there any actual unbiased studies or hard ...
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Can one become addicted to learning?

Is it possibly to become addicted to learning? What drives this addiction and how can it be controlled? Note: I'm not sure this is the right exchange for this question... Its the best fit as far as ...
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Is it possible to become addicted to sleep deprivation?

Background: After staying awake for an entire night without sleeping medication, some individuals report feeling tired while others report feeling euphoric and at some point begin to hallucinate with ...
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Do lonely people get addicted more easily than social counterparts?

The so-called "Rat Park" study conducted in the late 1970s indicated that lonely rats get drug addicted more easily than social ones. Does anyone know if there are more recent studies about the topic?...
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What does current research tell us about addictive behaviors in games?

I'm creating a game, and I would like to know what research I can consult to make it more "addicting". The game is a casual one, like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, etc
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Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?

The Minnesota 12 steps model claims to cure drug addiction, but doesn't deeply deal with the personality structure underlying addiction. We know today how addiction is a problem with an enormous range ...
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What makes some things more fun than others universally?

Recently I have been presented with the question, "What makes something addictive, and why are some activities more addicting than others?" This question intrigues me, as logically, the answer would ...
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Are there specific game mechanics that correlate with addictions?

Are there specific game mechanics that have a high correlation with addictions or with the characteristics of addictive behavior? Should such mechanics be avoided or can they be used with other ...
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Does sugar change our short-term behaviour?

In physical terms, sugar has a great influence: increases energy in our body. But does it influence our behaviour? Is it possible that we act differently because of high amount of consumed sugar?
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Is the 'addiction' to receiving sympathy similar to substance addiction or just a deficit of resilience?

A lot have encountered people who seem to be addicted to receiving sympathy - before getting to my question, allow me to clarify, what I am referring to are people for whom, knowingly portray '...
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With the brain's propensity for homeostasis, how can some drugs be labelled addictive and others not?

The human body is always striving for homeostasis. One of the purposes of the brain is to maintain homeostasis, but also the brain needs to maintain homeostasis within itself. Ergo: Given the use of ...
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Dopamine deficiency more frequent in the addiction prone?

I found this clip about dopamine deficiency. ...[P]eople with low dopamine activity may be more prone to addiction. Is the reverse also true? Does susceptibility to addiction (genetic, etc.) have ...
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Just because masturbation doesn't interfere with everyday life, why aren't higher rates considered an addiction?

The common theme in most studies/articles about masturbation is that as long as the act does not interfere with everyday life, it's not considered a problem. However, just because it doesn't ...
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Is StackExchange.com Addiction Dangerous?

I recently looked at the meta.math.stackexchange.com and found the second anniversary was celebrated. As in the last year's Happy-Birthday post (linked therein) , some people declared the addiction to ...
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Can sleep become addictive?

Can a person become dependent on sleeping (more than they otherwise physically need) in a way that fits the definition of addiction, in the same way some psychology professionals may describe a person ...