Uses of self-regulation to facilitate and restrain addictive behavior

Baumeister, Roy F. and Vonasch, Andrew J. (2015) Uses of self-regulation to facilitate and restrain addictive behavior. Addictive Behaviors, 44 3-8. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.011

Author Baumeister, Roy F.
Vonasch, Andrew J.
Title Uses of self-regulation to facilitate and restrain addictive behavior
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6327
Publication date 2015-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Start page 3
End page 8
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract We apply self-regulation theory to understand addictive behavior. Self-regulation and volition depend on a limited resource, and when that resource has been depleted, self-regulation becomes prone to fail. Moving beyond traditional models that have emphasized the relevance of self-regulation to quitting addiction, we propose that self-regulation is used both to facilitate and resist addictive behaviors. Self-regulation is often needed to overcome initial aversion to drugs and alcohol, as well as to maintain addictive usage patterns despite situational obstacles (e.g., illegality, erratic availability, family disapproval). Sustaining addiction also requires preventing use from spiraling out of control and interfering with other aspects of life. More generally, the automaticity and irresistibility of addictive responses may have been overrated, as indicated by how addictive behaviors respond rationally to incentives and other concerns. Self-regulation does facilitate quitting, and relapse may be especially likely when self-regulatory capabilities are depleted.
Keyword Self regulation
Self control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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