Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 15–31 | Cite as

A general theory of addictions: A new theoretical model

  • Durand F. Jacobs
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Abstract

A general theory of addictions is proposed, using the compulsive gambler as the prototype. Addiction is defined as a dependent state acquired over time to relieve stress. Two interrelated sets of factors predispose persons to addictions: an abnormal physiological resting state, and childhood experiences producing a deep sense of inadequacy. All addictions are hypothesized to follow a similar three-stage course. A matrix strategy is outlined to collect similar information from different kinds of addicts and normals. The ultimate objective is to identify high risk youth and prevent the development of addictions.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Durand F. Jacobs
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    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology ServiceJerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans HospitalUSA
  2. 2.Loma Linda University Medical SchoolLoma Linda

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