Psychology Addiction

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Addiction is- being dependant on a mood altering substance or activity

Diagnosing addiction- Smoking:

In tobaco the chemical nicotine is the addictive componant

The DCM uses criteria to identify a dependance on a substance:

  • Tolerance- a much larger dose is needed to fufil the same effect
  • Uncuccessful attempts to reduce or control their addiction
  • The substance is taken over a larger time period and a higher dose than the individual intended
  • The individual devotes a lot of their time trying to get the substance
  • Social and recreational activities are reduced

Long term…




A good piece of work; the level of detail is great even if it is a brief summary.

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