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Addiction and Responsibility

Jeffrey Poland and George Graham


Addictive behavior threatens not just the addict’s happiness and health but also the welfare and well-being of others. It represents a loss of self-control and a variety of other cognitive impairments and behavioral deficits. An addict may say, “I couldn’t help myself.” But questions arise: Are we responsible for our addictions? What responsibilities do others have to help us? This book offers a range of perspectives on addiction and responsibility, and how the two are bound together. Contributors—from theorists to clinicians, from neuroscientists and psychologists to philosophers and legal sc ... More

Keywords: addictive behavior, addict, happiness, health, welfare, well-being, self-control, cognitive impairments, behavioral deficits, addictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015509
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Poland, editor

George Graham, editor