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Christian P. Mller

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 25: Non-addictive Drug Use: The Way Forward

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Non-addictive Drug Use: The Way Forward
Non-addictive Drug Use: The Way Forward
Christian P. Mller
Introduction

Psychoactive drugs are chemical compounds which influence our subjective perception and/or our behaviour. Human beings consume psychoactive drugs voluntarily (Abel, 1980; Waldorf et al., 1991; Heath, 2000; Amendt, 2003). Their consumption may range from a one-trial experience, after which the consuming behaviour is never repeated up to a stage of drug addiction where virtually all behavioural activity is directed towards the consumption of one or more psychoactive drugs. What starts with a single episode, remembered as an episodic memory (Müller, 2013), may finally control the complete behavioural repertoire of an individual.

Drug addiction is regarded a major psychiatric disorder which carries a considerable burden for individuals and their social environment (Nutt et ...

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