What is the Urge-Peak Cycle?

The Urge-Peak Cycle is a concept in addiction theory that describes the cyclical pattern of urges or cravings to use drugs or engage in compulsive behaviors, followed by the peak of the drug or behavior’s effects and then a crash or low period in mood and energy, or overall well-being. This cycle can repeat itself repeatedly, leading to a spiral of increasingly problematic drug or behavioral use.

The Urge-Peak Cycle is thought to play a role in the development and maintenance of an addiction. The cycle creates a self-reinforcing loop that can make it difficult for individuals to break free from compulsive behaviors or drug use. Understanding the Urge-Peak Cycle can be important for addiction recovery, as it provides a framework for recognizing the triggers and patterns of drug or behavioral use and for developing effective strategies for preventing or managing urges.

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