Addiction Transfer After Bariatric Surgery

definition of addiction frames the discussion of transfer addiction after weight loss surgery

Cross-addiction, also called transfer addiction, occurs when an individual swaps one of their addictions for addiction to a different substance or behavior. Say, for example, an alcoholic can stop drinking, but they do not treat the underlying causes of their addiction. Then, after a time, the alcoholic could become addicted to a street drug they began using to cope with their underlying emotional issues. That would be a clean-cut example of cross-addiction. This person moved the addictive behavior from one place to another – from alcohol to drugs.

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