The Meaning of Addiction: An Unconventional View / Edition 1

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An Unconventional View of Addictive Behavior as Adaptation to the Psychological, Family, Social, and Cultural Environment

"The Meaning of Addiction presented a new paradigm of addiction. The field has since become more open to the kind of complex, contextual view of addiction and compulsive behavior that it presents. Nonetheless, it remains the classic source for expressing this point of view." —Archie Brodsky, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Peele's theory of 'addiction as an experience' in The Meaning of Addiction remains a pathbreaking one that offers readers an accessible and empowering understanding of their own experiences, desires, and addictions. For understanding addictions, Peele is in my view (and for my courses on this subject) still the source of all sources." —Richard J. DeGrandpre, Department of Psychology, St. Michael's College, Burlington, Vermont

"Stanton Peele's books have been instrumental in helping me understand my own underlying causes of addiction and how, however well-intentioned the 12-step model is, it led me to focus on the wrong aspects of addiction."—Marianne Gilliam, author, How Alcoholics Anonymous Failed Me

"Offers a thought-provoking, insightful, and controversial perspective on the etiology of addictive behaviors. Peele challenges the biological model and provides an important alternative view on addictive behaviors. The Meaning of Addiction should be required reading for students and professionals alike."—Kim Fromme, Department of Psychology, University of Texas

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Theorist, clinician, and writer Peele rejects the 12-step model and the concept of biological addiction in favor of "addiction as experience." He reviews the body of literature and creates a framework for understanding addictive behavior. Topics include the concept of addiction, theories of addiction, and the impaired society. Originally published in 1985 by Lexington Books. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787943820
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 1998 Reissued Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,157,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

STANTON PEELE, a leading figure in the addictions field, has won the Mark Keller award from the Rutgers Center Alcohol Studies and the Lindesmith Award from the Drug Policy Foundation. He is the author of the classic Love and Addiction and The Truth About Addiction and Recovery.

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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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