Essay about Behavioral Addiction : A Substance Addiction

1026 Words May 2nd, 2016 null Page
Abstract: Addiction is often framed as something people experience between themselves and a substance. However, the DSM-IV-TR defined behavioral addiction formally as a disease, like substance addiction. According to research performed for the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, Behavioral addiction such as relationship addiction is like a substance addiction except, the individual is not addicted to a substance but the behavior or the feeling brought about by engaging in the behavior they are addicted to. My claim is that behavioral addiction to intimate relationships occur and that the effects of such an addiction can be particularly ruinous to men as a result of patriarchal toxic masculinity increasing men’s vulnerability to intimate partner violence within the traditional cycle of abuse. Following will be analysis of data from six sources serving to construct and support my base theory.

Keywords: Men, intimate partner violence, toxic masculinity, abuse, addiction, behavioral addiction, domestic violence,

Introduction:
Addiction is often framed as something people experience between themselves and a substance. However, the DSM-IV-TR defined behavioral addiction formally as a disease, like substance addiction. According to research performed for the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, Behavioral addiction such as relationship addiction is like a substance addiction except, the individual is not addicted to a substance but the behavior…

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