Physical dependence = tolerance to a chemical + withdrawal when you lower dosage or quit. Addiction = compulsive substance use despite negative consequences. More on dependence vs addiction here.
Yes, you can get addicted to smoking cigars. Nicotine is absorbed in high enough quatities through the oral and nasal mucosa to become addictive. More on cigar addiction here.
Recent discoveries in cognitive neuroscience reinforce the “disease” model of addiction. We review the major tenants and scientific theories of the brain science behind addiction from David Linden’s new book, “The Compass of Pleasure” here.
Impulse control, drug and alcohol use, stress, and financial problems can all cause people to shoplift. A review of the compulsive nature of shoplifting and why people shoplift here.
Excessive sexual drive and masturbation can disturb your life. Learn more about hypersexuality and why people compulsively masturbate here.
People cut themselves to help cope with problems or to deal with emotions. We review the psychology behind self-injury and how to get help here.
Addiction is a complex and confusing disorder. Why do some people become addicted to substances or behaviors and others don’t? We try to explain why here.
Are you addicted to Facebook? Check out these signs of addiction to evaluate your Facebook use.
Are some people more likely to become addicts than others? Can you predict addiction based on personality traits? More on the addictive personality here.
What 3 things to you need to have to overcome any addiction? Willingness. Honesty. Courage. Get prepared here.