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  1. Barbara S. McCrady,
  2. Lisa Hagen Glynn

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0014

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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McCrady, B. S. and Glynn, L. H. 2010. Addiction. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of New Mexico

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Addiction is a term widely used to indicate any type of excessive repetitive involvement with an activity or substance, and colloquially it is applied as readily to exercise, eating chocolate, and computer gaming as to alcohol, methamphetamine, or heroin use. Such broad use of the term detracts from its technical value, and thus in this entry addiction will be used to refer only to substance use disorders.