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Special Issue "Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Co-Occurrence and Specificity"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2011) | Viewed by 311746

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Steve Sussman
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Guest Editor
1. Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
2. Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
3. School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
Interests: the addictions--broadly defined (i.e., behaviors that are initially pleasurable, become compulsive [preoccupation and loss of control], and lead to negative consequences); drug abuse prevention, cessation, and relapse prevention; psychosocial predictors of drug use development; empirical program development methodology
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Dear Colleagues,

Researchers and practitioners have discussed the existence of substance and behavioral addictions. In general, they have agreed that individuals may fall victim to maladaptive, repetitive patterns of behavior involving recreational drugs (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs), or other behaviors (e.g., gambling, the internet, binge eating, shopping, workaholism, exercise addiction, love, or sex), that reflect attempts at appetitive physiological outcomes but result eventually in negative outcomes. Research over the last two decades suggests that a wide range of substance and behavioral addictions may serve similar functions. Overall, 12-month prevalence of an addiction among adults in the U.S. based on 11 addictions listed above recently has been estimated to be 46% based on an exhaustive review of the literature. As such, it may be useful to think of the addictions in terms of problems of lifestyle as well as of person. Yet, “co-occurrence” of addictions has been reported among only a minority of sufferers, and is estimated to be approximately 23%. “Addiction specificity” pertains to a phenomenon in which one pattern of addictive behaviors may be acquired whereas another is not. Differential patterns of addiction may be a function of such variables as accessibility, intrinsic appetitive effects, differential socialization, and outcome expectations. The present Special Issue examines addiction co-occurrence and addiction specificity across several addictive behaviors. The goal of the Issue is to shed light on what the mediation might be of addiction co-occurrence and specificity.

Prof. Dr. Steven Y. Sussman
Guest Editor

A booklet of this SI can be found here:


  • addiction co-occurrence
  • addiction specificity
  • substance addiction
  • behavioral addiction

Published Papers (11 papers)

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Concurrent and Predictive Relationships Between Compulsive Internet Use and Substance Use: Findings from Vocational High School Students in China and the USA
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 660-673; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph9030660 - 23 Feb 2012
Long-Term Effects of Self-Control on Alcohol Use and Sexual Behavior among Urban Minority Young Women
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 1-23; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph9010001 - 23 Dec 2011
Extensive Internet Involvement—Addiction or Emerging Lifestyle?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4488-4501; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8124488 - 02 Dec 2011
Generational Association Studies of Dopaminergic Genes in Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) Subjects: Selecting Appropriate Phenotypes for Reward Dependence Behaviors
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4425-4459; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8124425 - 29 Nov 2011
High Calorie, Low Nutrient Food/Beverage Intake and Video Gaming in Children as Potential Signals for Addictive Behavior
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4406-4424; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8124406 - 29 Nov 2011
Clarifying Exercise Addiction: Differential Diagnosis, Co-occurring Disorders, and Phases of Addiction
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(10), 4069-4081; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8104069 - 21 Oct 2011
Considering the Definition of Addiction
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(10), 4025-4038; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8104025 - 20 Oct 2011
Patterns of and Motivations for Concurrent Use of Video Games and Substances
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(10), 3999-4012; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8103999 - 19 Oct 2011
Playing Video Games While Using or Feeling the Effects of Substances: Associations with Substance Use Problems
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(10), 3979-3998; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8103979 - 18 Oct 2011
Online Social Networking and Addiction—A Review of the Psychological Literature
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(9), 3528-3552; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8093528 - 29 Aug 2011
A Framework for the Specificity of Addictions
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(8), 3399-3415; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8083399 - 18 Aug 2011
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