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As Related To Addictive Behavior

By Jackson L. Reger

We will first begin by defining what an addictive behavior. As Social Observers and Scientists have applied the notion of addiction to many and varied human activities (Oxford, 1985). A addictive behavior can be anything from Alcoholism, Anorexia Nervous, Caffeine, Drugs to list a few, however, what many would call addictive others would call natural. It is almost impossible to say for sure where an addiction starts and natural instincts begin. What many would say are another persons habits, can in reality be an addiction, the same could be said about a routine .When an routine becomes addictive behavior usually begins when the individual cannot break from doing the same thing over and over again. As we will see a person actually has to form a connection to network his or her feelings to change the behavior. While Behavior Modification may work in the beginning to stop the addiction, it takes a great deal of self-will-power to actually stop the addiction successfully. More on Behavior Modification will be covered later in this paper.

A similar case is made here for the words we use to refer to states of mind or cognitive

processes. They almost always began as references either to some aspect of behavior or to the

setting in which behavior occurred. Only very slowly have they become the vocabulary of

something called mind. Recent Issues in the Analysis of Behavior (1989) publ. Merrill

Publishing Company, B F Skinner (1989) Cognitive thinking also plays a chief part in dealing with the addictive behavior. It is also know in some circles as Behavior Modification among others, or training someone to fixate on a positive behavior to replace a negative one. Behavior Modification can be used when the individual makes note of the problems and decides that it is actually a dangerous addictive behavior either to themselves or to others. We find that developing of coping strategies focuses on building the client's behavioral and cognitive skills for navigating high-risk situations. Cognitive Behavioral skills training can I include modeling of effective skills, through videotapes or instructor demonstrations, discussion of the model, and client rehearsal of the behavioral skills (Relapse Prevention, page 372) Anxiety comes into the equation when the individual finally comes to the realization that their behavior is addictive, however, he or she does know what to do to quit the questionable behavior. Anxiety most often leads to Stress and other undesirable behaviors. For instance an alcoholic when faced with realization that they are alcoholic's and need to stop that behavior,



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