Addictive behaviors: An analysis of support type and relapse rates among college students

Jamie Borchardt, Danielle Casilio
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Addictions can be classified as any substance, habit or behavior that one has come to heavily depend upon. This can include a variety of habits or behaviors outside of the traditional illicit drug realm. We identified compulsions related to non-illicit or habitual addictions to determine if relapse rates are negatively correlated with positive or negative support. We used a mixed-methods design that examined 24 undergraduate psychology students who attended a rural state university. Participants were asked to give up an addictive substance or habit of their choice for 30 days, and keep a journal during this time. In addition to investigating data using qualitative measures, two independent samples t-tests found that there were significant  differences between relapse rates and support levels, p= 0.002, and relapse rates and gender p=.011.

Keywords: Non-illicit, addiction, relapse, positive support, negative support

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