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Peele, Stanton (1998) The meaning of addiction: an unconventional view. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass .

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 dependency 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.


Item Type
Book
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
All substances
Date
1998
Call No
GC2
Pages
xiv, 2
Publisher
Jossey-Bass
Place of Publication
San Francisco
ISBN
9780787943820
Notes
Includes indices and references.
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 4055 (Available)

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