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Addiction: A Very Short Introduction
Addiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Explores how addiction is best understood, how it arises, and approaches to prevention and treatment
  • Considers the use, abuse, and dependence of drugs
  • Describes strategies used to reduce damage both to addicted individuals and society, and their relative effectiveness

Addiction is a subject which straddles public and personal interests; societal and criminal justice concerns; and family, social, and medical responses. It is a continuing area of uncertainty and concern for society and professionals trained in the field.
This Very Short Introduction presents the basic facts about addiction: what it is, how and why it develops, how it is treated, and how society can respond to it. Addictions to both illicit drugs and licit drugs (e.g., alcohol) are covered, as is the possibility that certain behaviours not involving drug use (e.g., compulsive gambling) can qualify as addictions. Keith Humphreys provides a jargon-free account of our present understanding of addiction, from treatment evaluations to studies on the effects of public policies. He also illuminates the personal experience of addiction and recovery. Humphreys considers why some people become addicted and others do not, what treatments exist to help people who are addicted, and how the laws and regulations society establishes about drugs affects the rate and experience of addiction.


1:Understanding the terrain
2:Causes of addiction
3:Recovery and treatment
4:Cultural and public policy approaches to addiction
5:The future of addiction

About the author: 

Keith Humphreys is a scholar, teacher, clinician, and public policy advisor in the addiction field. He has spent his career in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. He was Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Barack Obama Administration, and has for many years advised Congress, the U.K. Parliament, and other officials about policy strategies for preventing and treating addiction.

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ISBN : 9780199557233

Keith Humphreys
144 Pages
111 x 174 mm
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Addiction: A Very Short Introduction

Addiction: A Very Short Introduction

Addiction: A Very Short Introduction