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Etiology of addiction as a cognitive process

How might the etiology of addiction be regarded as a cognitive process? Please explain in a paragraph or more as I am having a hard time understanding this.

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How might the etiology of addiction be regarded as a cognitive process?

First, the actual definition of etiology is important. Etiology is essentially the cause or causes of a disease or mental illness. Addiction is considered to be a mental illness. Therefore, the etiology of addiction is any potential causes that lead to the manifestation of the addiction itself. There are an extensive amount of both internal and external variables that effect and impact the etiology of addiction. For example, what causes one individual to get addicted to drugs is different than what may ...

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The solution explains the etiology of addiction as a cognitive process. Etiology is essentially the cause or causes of a disease or mental illness. Therefore, the etiology of addiction is any potential causes that lead to the manifestation of the addiction itself. Cognitive processes,especially non-automatic cognitive processes, impact the urges associated with the development and maintenance of addiction.

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