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Chapter 5: Contemporary Concepts
By now readers have started to develop a more grounded sense of how globalization and its disorientations and their own cultural history have influenced the direction of their relationship with alcohol and other drugs, as well as their thinking about substance use, its disorders, addiction, and treatment in general. Readers are now ready to consider the often conflicting range of conceptual and definitional ideas about substance use, its disorders, and addiction. This chapter provides an opportunity to ponder and philosophize about what imbibing, intoxication, excess, refrain, and treatment mean to you. Far too often, others have provided conceptual or definitional frameworks for you; now is your chance to think about and confirm some of your own.
Everyone has ideas about what substance ...