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Upstate psychologist says distracted driving ban may trigger anxiety, reveal addiction

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We're a week into Greenville's distracted driving ban, and many people are feeling the heat of withdrawal.

After weeks of warnings of when the ban would go into effect, where city limits are and what people can do to go hands free, now that the ban is actually here, it may be affecting drivers' emotional states.

So many drivers in Greenville said that they've been trying their best to follow the new distracted driving law, but not without a lot of extra thought.

Upstate psychologist Dr. Roger Rhoades explains that the people who use their phones as an extension of themselves will have a much harder time breaking their habits and may even face withdrawal.

He said a bad habit becomes addiction if people experience negative consequences but repeat their behavior.

In this case, the negative consequence is getting a ticket, and since that threat is new in Greenville, unless someone has gotten in a wreck from texting, only now are people being forced to face the severity of their bad habits.

Rhoades said it's learning how to structure our lives to avoid a habit that's crucial to breaking a habit.

He explained that it's all about creating an atmosphere to avoid temptation. If people still cannot do this, they may not be able to structure their life as a whole, which is a deeper problem. Rhoades said this distracted driving ban could be the trigger to bring awareness to their problem.

In one week, Greenville police gave out nearly 400 warnings but just a few citations.

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