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The meaning of addiction : an unconventional view

The meaning of addiction : an unconventional view

Author: Stanton Peele
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Jossey-Bass ed., 1st edView all editions and formats
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,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peele, Stanton.
Meaning of addiction.
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanton Peele
ISBN: 0787943827 9780787943820
OCLC Number: 38966129
Notes: Previously published: Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, 1985.
Description: xiv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 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 --
Part 2 The American image of alcohol : does liquor have the power to corrupt or control --
The disease of alcoholism --
Historical, social, ethnic, and economic factors in alcoholism in the United States --
The social science challenge to the disease theory --
Controlled-drinking therapy for alcoholism --
Part 3 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. Part 4 Adult, infant, and animal addiction / Bruce K. Alexander [and others] --
The effect on the infant of mother's drug use --
The addicted animal --
Animal narcotics use in rat park --
What causes anumals to accept narcosis --
The implication of infant and animal research for conceptions of addiction --
Part 5 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 --
Susceptibility to and choice of addiction : individual factors --
Susceptibility to and choice of addiction : developmental factors --
The nature of addiction : the addiction cycle --
Part 6 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.
Responsibility: Stanton Peele.


This work aims to present a controversial but persuasive analysis of alcohol and drug addiction: not as a biologically or genetically based disease, but rather an adaptation, however poor, to  Read more...


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"A tour de force, a spectacular effort of research andunderstanding. This book gives us the courage to bypass diseasenotions to deal with intrapsychic, family system, and social andcultural dynamics Read more...

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