Addictions do not always have to be related to drugs

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Addictions do not always have to be related to drugs. People can very well be addicted to things such as gambling, chewing gum, exercise, sex, video games, shopping , working (behavioral addictions), etc… (Griffiths 1997) . Being addicted to shopping can impact ones life majorly as well as the people in the addict’s life. This literature review is necessary because it will shed further light on the relationship between working and a shopping addiction. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I do strongly believe that addiction begins with a simple thought. The term " addiction " is used in many contexts to describe an obsession, compulsion, or excessive psychological dependence. Marlatt et al. (1988, p. 224) defines addictive behavior as: a repetitive habit pattern that increases the risk of disease and/or associated personal and social problems. Addictive behaviors are often experienced subjectively as ‘‘loss of control’’ – the behavior contrives to occur despite volitional attempts to abstain or moderate use. These habit patterns are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), often coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs). Attempts to change an addictive behavior (via treatment or self-initiation) are typically marked with high relapse rates. I feel as though nobody takes his first drink, pops her first pill, or snorts her first line thinking, “I
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course ANTHRO 210 taught by Professor Mdes during the Spring '10 term at CUNY John Jay.

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