Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders and Addiction, Second Edition, is a philosophical and clinical text that suggests new ways to think about the relationships, enjoyment, and troubles with substances of pleasure. The book is designed for students and clinicians who come in contact with and treat individuals and families struggling with the causes and consequences of substance use disorders and addiction. The second edition of Perspectives presents a refreshing blend of ancient and contemporary ideas on the natural pleasures and potential powers of alcohol and drugs in our everyday individual and collective lives.
Chapter 14: Addiction
The two cases in this chapter reflect my adoption of the use of the word addiction for the approximately 3% of the U.S. population who are physically and psychologically addicted (Esser et al., 2014). One individual has decided, “I’d rather die drinking.” The other individual has chosen abstinence.
Dr. Conrad Park: Addiction
I receive an emergency call from Julie, the wife of Dr. Conrad Park. I have seen this couple infrequently and periodically during 3 years. Dr. Park is a physician and a patriarch. He drinks too much, hides it, and denies it. Together, he and his wife have battled this problem for years. Julie tells me that he is drinking a lot more than usual and has gotten more aggressive and hostile; the ...