The Psychology of Addiction

Author(s): Jenny Svanberg (Stirling Community Hospital, UK)


This accessible book takes a psychological approach to understanding addiction. It considers key questions and myths surrounding addition such as `how do people get hooked?' and `can you recover from addiction?' Using examples from popular culture, the book also draws on psychological and neuroscientific theories and sets addiction in a social context, comparing drug addiction with other types such as gambling and sex. It goes on to consider addiction recovery and different therapies such as mindfulness, suggesting a compassionate approach to understanding addiction may lead to changes in drug policy. It will be of interest to anyone looking for a psychological understanding of addiction.


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"Addiction is arguably the most perplexing and maligned psychiatric disorder. In this broad-reaching book, Svanberg provides a compassionate and yet comprehensive synthesis of competing views of drug use and addiction. This is a compelling and accessible account of how someone becomes addicted and what to do about it. Svanberg is an engaging storyteller who combines narrative with science to help break some of the moral, political and philosophical barriers that prevent society from effectively and compassionately addressing the challenges that addiction pose. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to make sense of addiction and those that struggle with it." --Adrian Carter, Associate Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Monash University, Australia

Jenny Svanbergã is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She worked in NHS specialist addiction services in both Central and Western Scotland for nine years, and her writing is informed by her clinical experience

Chapter 1: What is addiction?
Chapter 2: It's not about the drugs: Why drug use doesn't always lead to addiction
Chapter 3: Is addiction a choice?
Chapter 4: You can teach an old dog new tricks: brain plasticity and addiction recovery
Chapter 5: Safety in numbers: nourishing the hungry ghosts
Chapter 6: Make love not war: if drug policy understood the science of compassion

General Fields

  • : 9781138207288
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : March 2018
  • : 197mm X 133mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jenny Svanberg (Stirling Community Hospital, UK)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 616.85227
  • : 128
  • : 1 Line drawings, black and white