Let’s consider two people withdifferent types of addictions. One hasa gambling addiction and sits at VLTmachines longer than her paychequecan support. Another is addicted toalcohol, and drinks at the bar mostnights beyond what’s good for bothhis health and job.
Do you have more compassion forone person over the other? Or do youthink they’re both a couple of losersand deserve whatever troubles theiraddictions bring them?
If you’re like most Albertans,
Albertans are more
forgiving of substance
you’ll tend to cut people with asubstance addiction a little moreslack than people with a behavioural(or process) addiction. Researcherssurveyed 4,000 people across theprovince and found that we tendto take a dimmer view of peopleaddicted to behaviours such asshopping or video gaming, comparedto people addicted to substances suchas alcohol or cocaine.
“Substances are generally
perceived to be more addictive than
behaviours, and therefore more
difficult for a person to control their
use of,” says Dr. Cameron Wild,
who has a PhD in psychology and
is a professor in the School of Public
Health at the University of Alberta.
“Moreover, people tend to see
behavioural addictions as the result
of a blameworthy character flaw or
moral failing, whereas substance
addictions are seen more in the
context of a disease or health
Research is showing that
behavioural addictions have the same