A Brief Review of the Concept ‘Addiction’ in Psychological Perspective

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2021 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 8 Issue 4
Year of Publication : 2021
Authors : Shengyu Yang
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Shengyu Yang, "A Brief Review of the Concept ‘Addiction’ in Psychological Perspective," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 8,  no. 4, pp. 23-29, 2021. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23942703/IJHSS-V8I4P104


This article briefly reviewed the previous research on the concept of addiction. Firstly, the development of the definitions of addiction was presented, and the current definition of addiction includes both the substance use disorders and behavioral addiction disorders. Secondly, the mechanisms and features of addiction were described in three aspects, which were the connection between addiction and cognition, the addiction-forming process, and the features of addiction. The third part was to categorize the common addictions based on literature. The final part is to introduce the treatments and interventions of addiction, focusing on the principles of relapse and recovery of addiction. In general, more research on addiction, especially behavioral addiction, is needed to make addiction a more integrative concept in the field.


addiction, behavioral disorder, cognition, psychotherapy, substance use.


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