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An understanding of addiction theory is vital to understanding addiction itself. Theory of Addiction takes theory development from a simple 'rational addiction model', adding elements such as compulsion, self-control and habit, to explain the 'big observations' in the field. As well as explaining and evaluating the arguments of each of the prevailing schools of thought, the book develops a new, synthetic theory of addiction that brings together the diverse elements of current models. Designed to enable students, practitioners and researchers to establish a starting point in the labyrinthine world of addiction theory, Theory of Addiction supports abstract thinking with concrete and realistic scenarios, underlining the centrality of theoretical understanding to working with addiction. * Presents a digest of major existing theories in one volume * Develops a new synthetic theory of addiction * Recognises the diversity of the experience of addiction * Discusses factors at the level of both the individual and populations * Provides key recommendations for the development of effective interventions

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405113595
ISBN-10: 1405113596
Format: Paperback
(243mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor Robert West

Robert West is Professor of Health Psychology at University College London. He is Editor-in-Chief of the top ranking journal Addiction, also published by Blackwell Publishing.

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