Patient discussion about gambling
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Q. Do people substitute one addiction with another?
If someone used to be addicted to alcohol and drugs, but is now clean for several months, is it likely that he will develop an addiction to something else (for example cigarettes or gambling)?
|A1||I'd just like to add my 2 cents worth: Addictive behavior transfers to just about anything; addiction is the problem. Just as addicts have to learn that alcohol is also a drug, we must recognize that addiction is the problem; it is the behavior that is the problem. A common thing for addicts to do is to stop using drugs (including alcohol) and to substitute with people instead, for example, to become involved in codependent relationships with others, or to recognize that their ongoing relationships may also be codependent. It's not uncommon for individuals to go to CoDA (Codependents Anonymous) in addition to AA/NA or GA(Gambler's Anonymous), MA (Marijuana Anonymous)...Others find it more beneficial to use one program (like NA, e.g.), while realizing that addiction refers to more than just a drug or substance.|
|A2||aitino--i have friends that go to NA and what you are talking about is substitution,some people that stop using one drug(cocaine or alcohol or cigerettes will start using or doing something else.addiction can only be controlled or it will put you in jail/death.|
|A3||Most of the drug abusers are smokers, so it's usually not a new addiction but rather continuation of a previous habit. Didn't find any reference for your question, but considering the fact the one who developed addiction probably has risk factors to develop addiction, it sounds reasonable that he or she may have increased risk to develop another addiction.|
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