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Addiction and Responsibility$
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Jeffrey Poland and George Graham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015509

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015509.001.0001

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Decision-Making Capacity and Responsibility in Addiction

Decision-Making Capacity and Responsibility in Addiction

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Addiction and Responsibility

Louis C. Charland

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This chapter focuses on the roots of addiction and how several theoretical models of addiction are centered around the cognitive determinants of addictive behavior. Addictive thinking is the focal point in these models, and the valuable results they have yielded should not be ignored. Their scope, however, is quite limited and, thus, fail to get into the causal roots of addiction, a flaw that is not recognized enough in the study of the nature of addiction. It is argued in the chapter that the cognitive domain of thinking is not the home of addiction’s roots, which lie in strong visceral feelings, specifically, in the affective domain of feeling. “Loss of control” in addiction is not actually “cognitive” loss of control, since addiction is not a manifestation of faulty reasoning or irrational thinking.

Keywords:   roots of addiction, cognitive determinants, models of addiction, addictive thinking, roots of addiction, affective domain

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