Published on February 24th, 2017 | by George B0
10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior
1. Unsuccessful attempts to quit
Addicts often express a desire to quit completely but are unable to follow through. Short-term abstention is common while long-term relapse rates are high. Mark Twain had a good line about the pains of quitting smoking: It’s easy. Done it a thousand times.
2. Cue-triggered relapse
Experience with an addictive substance sensitizes the user to environmental cues that subsequently trigger carvings. These cues (e.g., clinking ice cubes) signal opportunities for consumption. For example, upon exiting rehab, addicts who return to their old environment are more likely to experience cravings and resume use. A recovering addict is also significantly more likely to “fall off the wagon” if he or she receives a small taste of his drug-of-choice, or experience stress. This is the very phenomenon that AA warns of, that abstinent alcoholics can’t resume occasional drinking without losing control.
3. Loss of control