Behind a psychological addiction is always a search for vice relationship, love, happiness, contact, desire, satisfaction, etc., of course, in this way remains totally unsuccessful. In essence, is a substitute for action, in which the intellectual and emotional energy on dealing with the drug is addressed. So often the need for human contact and the demands of daily life is ignored. It does not matter whether the material dependence (alcohol, nicotine, morphine, crack, etc.) or non-material (work, gambling, chat, etc.) or is interchangeable. This is regardless of whether a physical dependence exists or not. Physical dependence (such as alcohol, nicotine or heroin) makes additional therapy.

Denial of dependence

Dependence disorder frequently heard a denial of the disease itself and the other. There are sometimes simple ( "I drink / smoke from pure pleasure"), often bizarre to absurd excuses ( "My doctor gave me several liters of beer a day decreed, for the kidneys") used to own, dominated by the dependence behavior to justify. This includes often a relative and downplaying the amount consumed and the frequency of consumption.

Even the opposite of denial may be the case, some addicts are the environment to "snivelling" and feel sorry for themselves because they are seen as "poor" victims of their addiction disorder want to be perceived.
   
Loss of control

Addicts lose control over their behavior, which can be used to totally excessive behavior. The own loss of control is often embarrassing for addicts, because they apparently do not (any more) in full possession of their mental faculties, so that there will be massive denial and cover-before himself and the environment (for example, now pay for each beer, so you do not really know how much you drank it). That is why criticism from the outside perceived as inconvenient. All this usually leads to social isolation or in appropriate social groups.

Accordingly solid structures exist in real working life, it may happen that addicts for years does not notice or lead a double life. The handling of the reduction, hiding or waiver of certain drugs to include events to the outside as well to appear. The addicts have their addiction under considerable control effort in their everyday integrated. Classic examples are the so-called level drinkers or doctors with morphine dependence. A function without further restriction may not initially be identified, the issue is risky, however, such as operating dangerous machinery or the responsibility for human life.

Co-dependency

Often, the dependence controlled by the behavior of friends or family members supported the addicts many tasks, fall to the outside and deny problems, close associates of relatives and friends in ruins in co-dependent behavior and thus contribute to making the lives of addicts as normal as it can get. As co-dependence, even when responsibility for the behavior of addicts over his/her behavior and justifies his / her addiction is not acknowledging. Co-dependent behavior may also be professional helpers such as social workers.

Relocation of dependency

Even a "functioning in society" can be part of the denial process, so that with discipline, often under extreme forced efforts, the consumption is restricted or controlled by the addiction behavior to the needs of everyday life at times can be adjusted.

The dependence may consist of several substances (polysubstance) or relocate the affected dependence on another substance (depending shift). Society can work in the form of workaholic serve as a pretext to "kick" to get, while attracting another "addiction" mechanism.