According to the cognitive perspective, the way in which people process information in specific situations determines their affective, motivational, and behavioral reactions. Information processing is shaped in many instances by the relevant beliefs that become activated in these situations. Certain individuals with a vulnerability to drug abuse have specific beliefs that are activated under particular circumstances and, consequently, enhance the likelihood of continued drug use (i.e., stimulate craving). Idiosyncratic beliefs such as “cocaine makes me more social” represent this vulnerability and are assumed to be activated in certain provocative situations.
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