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.

Ancient Desires and Symposiums

Ancient Desires and Symposiums


This chapter explores in greater detail one of the philosophical cores found in Chapter 1, specifically, “the desire for enjoyment and relief through alcohol and drugs is an ancient and natural part of the human experience.” This ancient and benign orientation toward drinking has confirmed and supported my developing perceptions that, in America particularly, we have exaggerated the nature and the prevalence of true addiction. We have much to learn from these early attitudes about the natural place of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in our lives. These attitudes may help us develop more realistic responses for individuals concerned about their drinking and drugging habits.

Ancient Desires and Symposiums

As long as I can remember, I have been passionately ...

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