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.

Contemporary Concepts

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.

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