Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran


Aim: The aim of the present study was to distinguish between addicts and non-addicts on social support, perceived stress and was sensation seeking. Method: For this correlation study, 30 addicts and 30 healthy people randomly selected from the Ardabil addiction centers and Mohaghegh Ardabili University students. The data were collected using Fleming’s social support, Cohen’s perceived stress and Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking questionnaires. Results: Analysis of the data with discriminant function showed that, sensation seeking and negative perceived stress are more in addicts than non-addicts but positive perceived stress and social support are more in non-addicts than addicts. Conclusion: The results of this research to emphasize that the psychological and social variables associated with addiction, in order to prevent and treat addiction, psychological and social variables demand serious attention


addiction, sensation seeking, social support, stress.