The Meaning of Addiction: An Unconventional View / Edition 1

The Meaning of Addiction: An Unconventional View / Edition 1

by Stanton Peele
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0787943827

ISBN-13: 9780787943820

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Wiley

A controversial and persuasive analysis of addiction

A tour de force, a spectacular effort of research and understanding. This book gives us the courage to bypass disease notions to deal with intrapsychic, family system, and social and cultural dynamics in addiction.
'David Cook, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Wisconsin

This compelling

Overview

A controversial and persuasive analysis of addiction

A tour de force, a spectacular effort of research and understanding. This book gives us the courage to bypass disease notions to deal with intrapsychic, family system, and social and cultural dynamics in addiction.
'David Cook, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Wisconsin

This compelling and controversial book challenges the widely accepted belief that alcohol and drug addiction have a genetic or biological basis. The so-called disease theory suggests that a substance or activity can cause the addict to lose control of his behavior. Stanton Peele demonstrates how this notion fails to make sense of scientific observations.

Analyzing studies of drug and cigarette addiction, alcoholism, obesity, and other potential compulsions such as running and sex, Peele reveals the surprising frequency of self-cure as part of the evidence. The author finds that compulsive habits and depAndency are a way of coping that individuals can reverse as their life circumstances change. This brilliantly argued book is sure to provoke discussion and stimulate new approaches to treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787943820
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Psychology Series
Edition description:
1998 Reissued Paper Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

The Concept of Addiction: Opiate Addiction in the United States and the Western World Divergent Evidence about Narcotic Addiction Nonbiological Factors in Addiction The Nature of Addiction.

The American Image of Alcohol: Does Liquor Have the Power to Corrupt and Control?: The Disease of Alcoholism Historical, Social, Ethnic, and Economic Factors in Alcoholism in the United States The Social Science Challenge to Disease Theory Controlled-Drinking Therapy for Alcoholism.

Theories of Addiction: Stanton Peele and Bruce K. Alexander Genetic Theories Exposure Theories: Biological Models Exposure Theories: Conditioning Models Adaptation Theories The Requirements of a Successful Theory of Addiction.

Adult, Infant, and Animal Addiction: Bruce K. Alexander, Stanton Peele, Patricia F. Hadaway, Stanley J. Morse, Archie Brodsky, and Barry L. Beyerstein.

Addiction to an Experience: Elements of the Addictive Experience Susceptibility to Addiction and the Choice of Addictive Object: Social and Cultural Factors Susceptibility to and Choice of Addiction: Situational Factors Susceptibiltity to and Choice of Addiction: Individual Factors Susceptibility to and Choice of Addiction: Developmental Factors The Nature of Addiction: The Addiction Cycle.

The Impaired Society: The Narcotic Connection—Supply and Demand The Negative Effects of the Belief in Chemical Dependence Can We Treat Away the Drug Problem? The Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence Industry Spreading Diseases The Cure for Addiction.

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