For the first time, research on implicit cognitive processes relevant for the understanding of addictive behaviors and their prevention or treatment is brought together in one volume! The Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction features the work of an internationally renowned group of contributing North American and European authors who draw together developments in basic research on implicit cognition with recent developments in addiction research. Editors Reinout W. Wiers and Alan W. Stacy examine recent findings from a variety of disciplines including basic memory and experimental psychology, experimental psychopathology, emotion, and neurosciences.

Being Mindful of Automaticity in Addiction: A Clinical Perspective

Being Mindful of Automaticity in Addiction: A Clinical Perspective

Being mindful of automaticity in addiction: A clinical perspective

Clinical experience and research demonstrate that although interventions may initially benefit addictive behaviors, these effects typically do not last (Catalano et al., 1988). This lack of long-term improvement after an initial response characterizes treatment outcome for other disorders as well (Westen & Morrison, 2001). Utilizing implicit cognition in addiction theory and research may hold great promise for coming to a better understanding of both (1) the automatic processes that make addictive behaviors so difficult to change and (2) the treatment strategies that may alter those processes. TheHandbook on Implicit Cognition and Addiction admirably consolidates the known research on these two points. We would like to use this commentary ...

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