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West, Robert (2006) Theory of addiction. Blackwell , Oxford. ISBN 1-4051-1359-6

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An understanding of addiction theory is vital to understanding addiction itself. Theory of Addiction takes theory development from a simple ‘rational addiction model’, adding elements such as compulsion, self-control and habit, to explain the ‘big observations’ in the field. As well as explaining and evaluating the arguments of each of the prevailing schools of thought, the book develops a new, synthetic theory of addiction that brings together the diverse elements of current models.

Designed to enable students, practitioners and researchers to establish a starting point in the labyrinthine world of addiction theory, Theory of Addiction supports abstract thinking with concrete and realistic scenarios, underlining the centrality of theoretical understanding to working with addiction.
• Presents a digest of major existing theories in one volume
• Develops a new synthetic theory of addiction
• Recognises the diversity of the experience of addiction
• Discusses factors at the level of both the individual and populations
• Provides key recommendations for the development of effective interventions


Item Type:Book
Date:2006
Call No:GC2
Pages:xii, 211 p.
Publisher:Blackwell
Place of Publication:Oxford
ISBN:1-4051-1359-6
Keywords:social learning theory of AODU, theories of motivation, addiction, disease model
Notes:Includes index and bibliographic references
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Accession Number:HRB 3113 (Available)
Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of drugs and alcohol use
G Health and disease > Disease model
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > choice-making behaviour
G Health and disease > Disorder classification

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