The basic psychobiological process of addiction is fairly similar regardless of the initial sources of the high. There are probably as many possibilities as there are potential pleasures. Many behaviors exhibited in life are potentially addictive including: work, sex, gambling, television, video games, computers, food, exercise, shopping, and the internet—in addition to alcohol and drug use. ( Greenfield, Daivid N., PhD. Virtual Addiction – Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them. pp 20 -22. CA:New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)

Symptoms of addiction include dependency and cravings. Elevated levels of dopamine are associated with all major addictions. (Fisher, Helen. The First Sex. NY: Random House, 1999, p 53)

Compulsive internet use seems to produce the same type of tolerance and withdrawal as other addictions. You can develop a tolerance that pushes you to spend greater amounts of time online or to access ore stimulating material. Web sites need not be sexual in nature in order to become addictive. Any distinction between physical and psychological addictions is impractical and probably irrelevant since humans as wholistic beings. In addition, whether you label this compulsion or addiction is of little relevance. ( Greenfield, Daivid N., PhD. Virtual Addiction – Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them. pp 18-20,, 41. CA:New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)

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