The term substitute addictions is used when an individual replaces one addiction with another. These addictions encompass using another substance to replace the original addiction, as well as behaviors that are compulsive. Research suggests that as many as 76% of people in recovery relapse with other substances or behaviors that are equally harmful, if not more so, than their original addiction.

Some of these "addictions" may manifest themselves in the form of compulsive behaviors, such as work, gambling, eating, sex, Internet use, and spending. It is difficult to specifically determine what factors lead to substitute addictions, but the common conception is that they are caused by various biological, psychological, and social factors.


One theory that addresses substitute addiction issues is the self-regulation systems model, where the current ...

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