Understanding Addiction Behaviours
Theoretical and Clinical Practice in Health and Social Care
|Publication Date||August 2011|
|Formats||Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF)|
Understanding addiction has never been more important, as many
professionals, from counsellors and nurses, to social workers and health
psychologists, encounter addictive behaviour on a daily basis.
Looking at addiction in all of its forms, this multi-disciplinary book provides
a comprehensive introduction to the substances and the activities which
can lead to excessive and addictive behaviour. It discusses pharmacological
addictions, including both legal and illegal substances. It also covers nonpharmacological
dependencies (such as internet addiction, eating disorders,
gambling and sexual addiction) which, despite their prevalence, are often
absent from the literature on addiction.
Drawing on the field's broad evidence base, the book features:
■ coverage of eleven types of addictive substances and activities, outlining
signs, symptoms, adverse consequences and assessment and intervention
strategies for each;
■ a range of engaging reflective activities and case studies to link theoretical
discussion directly to practice;
■ analysis of the broader context of addiction, including dual diagnosis and
harm reduction, and issues relating to diversity and service provision.
Offering a rigorous introduction to the full spectrum of addictive behaviour,
this book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the nature
of addiction for contemporary practice.