Author information: The aim of the study was to assess two psychological parameters, sensation-seeking SS and alienation ALin a sample of thirty DSM-III diagnosed opiate dependence cases, and to compare them on addicted two parameters with two non-drug-abusing control groups, one from the patients own peer groups sensations the other from the general population. The opiate dependent subjects were found to score higher both on SS and AL than those in the control groups.
Further, there was a gradient of the degree of correlation between these new psychological variables amongst the three groups studied. The leather pant porn dependent group showed the highest positive correlation.
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The general population control group showed the lowest degree of correlation, and the self-matched control group was intermediate. These findings are consonant with an "SS-AL combination" hypothesis for the genesis of opiate addiction.
Briefly, the hypothesis states that a higher sensation-seeking need, coupled with an inability to meet this need through socially sanctioned channels, leads on to repeated experiences with drug taking behavior, thus fostering dependence. The present study provides preliminary data supporting this hypothesis.