Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Addictive Behaviors

  • Yori GidronEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1086-2



Addictive behaviors (AB) are a cluster of persistent compulsive behaviors which people feel an uncontrolled urge to perform, without which they fear experiencing loss of control or a very negative outcome. The American Psychiatric Association defines substance dependence as: “When an individual persists in use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance, substance dependence may be diagnosed. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped. This, along with Substance Abuse are considered Substance Use Disorders….” (DSM-IV & DSM-IV-TR: Substance Dependence).


AB include smoking, ingesting street and medical drugs, alcohol consumption, or even other normally healthy activities such as sports, among other behaviors. There is often comorbidity between AB and mental health problems. In the AB, there is a repetitive form of behavior...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SCALabLille 3 University and Siric OncollileLilleFrance