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“We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths
may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions.
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.”

— Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 49


Published on February 24th, 2017 | by George B


10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

Drawing from research on addiction in neuroscience, psychology, and clinical practice, the following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

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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

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Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com

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