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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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Addiction: A Latent Property of the Dynamics of Choice

Addiction: A Latent Property of the Dynamics of Choice

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What Is Addiction?

Gene M. Heyman

The MIT Press

This chapter takes the same natural science approach to addiction that has proven useful in the physical sciences, and shows that clinic addicts are much less likely to stop using drugs than nonclinic addicts. It suggests that the correlates of quitting are largely everyday events—the sort of occurrences which influence most decisions—and also illustrates that drug use will often fluctuate between periods of heavy use and periods of abstinence. Moreover, the chapter demonstrates that social factors and values significantly play in drug use. The applied implications of the analysis it presents are that prevention programs should enhance nondrug interests and that treatment programs should focus on decreasing the relative reward value of the drug.

Keywords:   addiction, natural science, physical sciences, clinic addicts, nonclinic addicts, drugs, prevention programs, treatment programs

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