What are multiple addictions?

Multiple addictions are defined as individuals presenting two or more addictions at the same time. Addiction can be classified as substance addictions (e.g. drug use, alcohol use or smoking) and behavioral addictions (e.g. pathological gambling, compulsive buying, excessive internet use or sex addiction).

Problems related to multiple addictions affect many individuals and families. The negative impacts include physical and mental health problems, decline in work and study performance, and damage to family relationships. International research and clinical experiences suggest that people who experience one addiction have a higher risk of suffering multiple addictions. Psychiatrists have pointed out that patients with multiple addictions are more prone to the risk of comorbid mental disorders than patients with single addictions. The negative effects of a comorbid psychiatric disorder impede greatly an individual’s well-being, and hinder the recovery and treatment process.

Suitable medical treatment and psychotherapy help individuals cope with their addiction problems as well as rebuild healthy lives. If you suspect you, family members, friends or partners of being troubled by addiction problems, please seek help from our counselors at ICAPT through the hotline 2827 1000