Understanding and Working with Substance Misusers explores the complex nature of addiction and the challenges involved in responding effectively through policy and practice. It examines the biopyschosocial elements of addiction to substances (including alcohol) and, draws together key research findings from these fields to present a new framework for integrating theory and practice. This book fills the need for a text which makes the complex issues surrounding substance misuse accessible to both students and practitioners.

The Genetic Revolution and Disease Theory Revisited

The genetic revolution and disease theory revisited

The aims of this chapter are to:

  • review the idea of addiction as a disease through the lens of developments in the field of genetics, neurobiology and evolutionary theory
  • consider the implications of these developments for our understanding of addiction
  • consider these points with particular reference to an ethical basis for the nature of interventions.

Over the last 30 years there has been a revolution in our understanding of the basis and development of biological life, the workings of the brain, and the nature of consciousness itself. This revolution has had implications as much for our understanding of substance use and addiction as it has for other areas. The last three chapters have demonstrated that there ...

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