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Chicago’s Dr. Kent Provost Talks Caffeine Addiction

Dr. Kent B. Provost, instructor in the College of Counseling, Psychology, & Social Sciences at Argosy University, Chicago, was recently quoted in Extra Crispy, an online lifestyle news site that covers everything from culture to food and drinks. Dr. Provost discussed the difference between caffeine addiction and ritual addiction.


“Differing understandings of caffeine addiction—if someone is actually addicted—would be chemical addiction, psychological addiction, and habitual addiction. We say we ‘need’ our cup of coffee (or, in my case, tea), but actual, legitimate caffeine addiction often has obvious physical cues. The signs for chemical addiction would be more noticeable if the individual chose to stop drinking,” Provost said. “These withdrawal signs could include headaches, marked fatigue or drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, and even depression.”


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