happens when a person exchanges an addiction in recovery for another addiction. It can also be known as a substitute addiction
or cross addiction
, where someone replaces one compulsive behavior with another.
What are some examples of addiction transfer?
Sometimes, when a person completes a rehab program for drug or alcohol addiction, they will turn to food for comfort. In order to fight cravings for drugs or alcohol, a person may turn to food. Sometimes this comfort can turn into something more. Food, particularly sugar, is often viewed as a safe high, but in reality, addiction to sugar and food can be very harmful as well. Though weight gain after rehab is a common occurrence, it needs to be monitored by a medical professional. Sometimes, the weight gain is welcomed, particularly when the person is coming into a program physically unwell....