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What Is Addiction?$
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Don Ross, Harold Kincaid, David Spurrett, and Peter Collins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513111

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513111.001.0001

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Introduction: What Is Addiction?

Introduction: What Is Addiction?

(p.vii) Introduction: What Is Addiction?
What Is Addiction?

Don Ross

Harold Kincaid

The MIT Press

This book explores the causal influences and key aspects of addiction. It shows that addiction is multifactoral, but the chapters differ in how far any particular influence can succeed in explaining given key aspects of addiction by itself. The book suggests that emphasis on addiction as a social problem may indicate transfer of control of addiction away from the individual. The surveys and chapters it presents demonstrate a sweeping recent advance over the simplistic conception embedded in popular dramatic treatments of addiction. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   addiction, social problem, multifactoral, treatments of addiction, controlof addiction

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