By Maree Teesson, Louisa Degenhardt, Wayne Hall

© 2002 – Psychology Press

152 pages

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pub: 2002-02-21
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About the Book

Addictions is designed for students and professionals who wish to gain an authoritative, research-based knowledge of a variety of addictions. It covers issues such as diagnosis, epidemiology, psychological and biological models and treatments and draws on the research of The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney, and on a variety of international surveys.

Addictions is written by experts in the field of drug and alcohol research, and takes into account a variety of theories, including neuroscientific, psychological, behavioural, personality and rational choice. It includes material on:

  • The nature of addiction and who becomes addicted
  • The health consequences of alcohol and other drug dependence
  • Theories and causes of addiction
  • It provides a timely and accessible introduction to this field.


"Busy clinicians will find themselves referring to this book frequently for recommended interventions. I recommend this book highly for students of psychology and other health disciplines as well as practitioners wanting a quick resource tool for assessing and treating alcohol and other drug problems." - Amanda Baker, University of Newcastle, UK, Drug and Alcohol Review

Table of Contents

The Nature of Addiction. What is a Drug? Effects of Drugs. What Causes Problems With Alcohol and Other Drugs. Diagnosing Problems. Cultural Factors and Attitudes to Drugs. Who Becomes Addicted? Epidemiology. The US Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. The US National Comorbidity Survey. The UK Mental Health Survey. The Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being. Summary. The Health Consequences of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence. Alcohol-related Mortality and Morbidity. Tobacco-related Mortality and Morbidity. Illicit Drug-related Mortality and Morbidity. Controversies on the Positive Effects of Alcohol and Cannabis. Summary. Theories of Addiction: Causes and Maintenance of Addiction. Overview: Theories of Addiction. Neuroscientific Theories. Biological Factors. Psychological Theories. Contextual Factors. Summary. Alcohol. Introduction. Assessment. Interventions. Summary. Nicotine. Introduction. Assessment. Interventions. Summary. Cannabis. Introduction. Assessment. Interventions. Delivery of a CBT Intervention for Cannabis Dependence. Summary. Opiates. Introduction. Assessment. Interventions. Summary. Psychostimulants: Amphetamines and Cocaine. Introduction. Assessment. Interventions. Summary. Addiction: The Highs and Lows.

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