What is Addictive Behavior?
- Behavior based on the pathological need for a substance or activity. It may involve the abuse of substances, such as nicotine, alcohol, or cocaine, the excessive ingestion of high-calorie food, or gambling (Butcher, Mineka & Hooley, 2004)
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is addictive behavior different from addiction? What are some examples? Is the treatment the same with those of addiction? Does it tend to be present in some individuals only?
- Does this behavior only involve the use of substances, or does it also occur in other disorders related to over/under-eating, gambling, etc.? If so, in what situations does it present itself?