2nd Edition

By Maree Teesson, Wayne Hall, Heather Proudfoot, Louisa Degenhardt

© 2012 – Psychology Press

164 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415583008
pub: 2011-12-02
US Dollars$39.95
Hardback: 9780415582995
pub: 2011-11-30
US Dollars$120.00

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About the Book

The first edition of Addictions established itself as a valuable resource for students and professionals alike. This authoritative new edition builds on the success of the previous book, incorporating advances in research and practice over the last ten years.

The book includes material on:

  • the nature of addiction and who becomes addicted
  • health consequences of alcohol and other drug dependence
  • theories and causes of addiction.

The authors, experts in the field, also include new material on the controversy surrounding the possible positive effects of alcohol and cannabis use, the increased risk of interpersonal violence, and new research on theories of addiction.

Addictions will be essential reading for students, professionals and researchers seeking state of the art information about this rapidly growing field.


"Teesson and colleagues have succeeded in producing a very clear, readable, and up-to-date critical overview of the addictions literature. With a focus on current directions, latest empirical findings, and future research needs, the authors provide an insightful, practical, and comprehensive presentation of the world of addictions." - Claire Hart, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK

Table of Contents

The Nature of Addiction. Who Becomes Addicted? The Health Consequences of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Dependence. Theories of Addiction: Causes and Maintenance of Addiction. Alcohol. Nicotine. Cannabis. Opioids. Psychostimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines and Ecstasy. Addiction: Looking Ahead.

About the Authors

Maree Teesson is Professor, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Wayne Hall is NHMRC Australia Fellow and Professorial Fellow, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Australia

Heather Proudfoot is a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

Louisa Degenhardt is Professor, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Principal for Young People’s Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia

About the Series

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course

"I truly like the books in this series because they are a quick reference and a great teaching tool." Nicholas Greco IV, MS (Abbott Laboratories), USA

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course was designed to overcome problems faced by the traditional textbook in conveying what psychological disorders are really like.

All the books in the series, written by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, can be read as stand-alone texts, but they will also integrate with other modules to form a comprehensive resource in clinical psychology.

Students of psychology, medicine, nursing, and social work, as well as busy practitioners in many professions, often need an accessible but thorough introduction to how people experience anxiety, depression, addiction, or other disorders, how common they are, and who is most likely to suffer from them, as well as up-to-date research evidence on the causes and available treatments.

The series will appeal to those who want to go deeper into the subject than the traditional textbook will allow, and base their examination answers, research projects, assignments, or practical decisions on a clearer and more rounded appreciation of the clinical and research evidence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology