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.

Nonproblematic Use

Nonproblematic Use


This chapter, a short one for obvious reasons, includes examples and four case studies that reflect nonproblematic use.

Clinical Cases

Ashley: Nonproblematic Use

Ashley grew up in a family that enjoyed nightly cocktails before dinner and wine during the meal. Like Socrates, her family believed alcohol is part of the good life (Allhoff, 2007, p. 22). Her parents invited her to join them during their nightly cocktails and wine when she returned on home visits while in college. Her mother knew to tipple wisely, but her father did not possess this gift and drank very heavily, if not alcoholically, during most of his life. He stopped in the last 5 years of his life due to “health reasons.”

Ashley is married, with four grown children. ...

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