Cognitive Processes in Addiction

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In recent years there has been a large increase in the number of theoretical papers and empirical studies which focus upon the cognitive processes involved in addiction. This paper is intended simply to illustrate selected theories and concepts and to highlight some of the avenues of research which are helping to change our models of addiction. The main conceptual framework is that which has come to be known as social learning or cognitive social learning theory but concepts of self awareness, perceptual narrowing and self‐handicapping are also described. Implications for the understanding of craving, loss of control, treatment and relapse are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-353
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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