Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions,2nd Edition / Edition 2

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This eagerly awaited new edition of Excessive Appetites will offer you a complete and comprehensive revision of this classic text in the field of addictions.

Covering a wide variety of different forms of addiction from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through to gambling, eating and sex this book provides an up-to-date and authoritative account of core knowledge in this vital area.

Comprehensive coverage, from the origins and processes of addiction right through to the ways in which people overcome their addictions, and the implications for interventions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"..This book makes an important contribution to the development of a young science...I unreservedly recommend it to anyone encountering addiction in either their professional or personal lives." (Family Practice, Vol.19, No.1, 2002) 

"…It’s a damn good read…stuffed with interesting anecdotes, quotations and data…" (European Eating Disorders Review, Vol.10, No.1-2, 2002)

According to this text, addiction is "an over-attachment to a drug, object, or activity, and the process of overcoming it is largely a naturally occurring one." Chapters examine the origins and processes of addiction and look at the way people overcome addictions and the implications for interventions. Substances and behaviors discussed within this framework include alcohol, tobacco, gambling, eating, and sex. This second edition adds 590 new references. For students, academics, and professionals in psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Orford is co-editor of the and heads the Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction Research group at the University of Birmingham, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471499473
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author.


Changing the Shape of the Field.


Excessive Drinking.

Excessive Gambling.

Excessive Drug Taking.

Excessive Eating and Exercising.

Excessive Sexuality.


Taking Up Appetitive Behaviour.

Personal Inclinations.

The Social Context.

Overcoming Restraint.

The Development of Strong Attachment.

Conflict and Its Consequences.


The Place of Expert Help.

Giving Up Excess.

Excessive Appetites: A Social—Behavioural—Cognitive—Moral Model.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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