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.

Ten Classes of Substances and Gambling

Ten Classes of Substances and Gambling


This chapter is designed to be clinically practical. It introduces the reader to the 10 classes of substances that we ignore or enjoy, problematically use or are psychologically reliant on, become destructively addicted to, and then, if fortunate, either learn new habits or refrain from using. A substance is meant to refer to any drug that when taken has an impact on thinking, mood, feeling, or behavior. This is accomplished through manipulation of the central nervous system. This chapter considers each individual drug that is related to a substance as identified in the DSM-5 (APA, 2013). Included in this revision is a class of substances referred to as “unknown.”

DSM-5 and this chapter also ...

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