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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(8), 3399-3415; doi:10.3390/ijerph8083399

A Framework for the Specificity of Addictions

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1 Departments of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, University of Southern California, California 90032, CA, USA 2 Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California 93105, CA, USA 3 School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California 91711,CA, USA
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Received: 24 July 2011 / Accepted: 5 August 2011 / Published: 18 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Co-Occurrence and Specificity)
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Research over the last two decades suggests that a wide range of substance and behavioral addictions may serve similar functions. Yet, co-occurrence of addictions has only been reported among a minority of addicts. “Addiction specificity” pertains to a phenomenon in which one pattern of addictive behaviors may be acquired whereas another is not. This paper presents the PACE model as a framework which might help explain addiction specificity. Pragmatics, attraction, communication, and expectation (PACE) variables are described, which may help give some direction to future research needs in this arena.
Keywords: addiction specificity; PACE model addiction specificity; PACE model
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Sussman, S.; Leventhal, A.; Bluthenthal, R.N.; Freimuth, M.; Forster, M.; Ames, S.L. A Framework for the Specificity of Addictions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 3399-3415.

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