The psychology of addiction: are there more questions than answers

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When considering drugs and addiction, we must remember a few things at the outset. First, the differential prohibition of drugs changes over time, depending upon the demands and views within society. Secondly, we must not forget that the most widely available drugs include alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. We must therefore realise that the use of psychoactive substances is the norm and not necessarily deviant. It is this common experience (irrespective of the substance used) that should inform policy, practice and ethical considerations in this difficult and challenging area of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology and crime: understanding and tackling offending behaviour
EditorsFrancis Pakes, Jane Winstone
Place of PublicationCullhompton
PublisherWillan Publishing
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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