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.

The Symposium Approach: Use, Prevention, Education, and Treatment

The Symposium Approach: Use, Prevention, Education, and Treatment


For over 80 years now, the addiction field has been steadily developing single-focused and multifocused models of treatment that identify a range of etiological assumptions and a range of spiritual, dynamic, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. These have included moral, learning, disease, self-medication, dual diagnosis, and biopsychosocial models, to name a few. In the United States, the disease model has been heralded as the primary lens to view excess use, and the medical and treatment communities have developed inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacological treatments based on abstinence. Support groups such as AA and Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), as well as interventions such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and evidence-based protocols, have turned ...

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