This article explores free will in addiction, positing that it reflects likelihood of choices, not lack of capability to act. It enumerates the factors that place people at susceptibility for substance abuse, including their genetic make-up, brain chemistry, family background, personality and other psychological variables, and environmental and sociocultural variables. Cognitive bias, negative consequences, current concerns, incentive value, motivation, attentional bias, and goal directed theories are discussed.
This course is based on the article, Free will in addictive behaviors-A matter of definition created by W. Miles Cox, PhD, et al. in 2017.
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W. Miles Cox, PhD
Professor Miles is Professor Emeritus at Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK. He has worked in addiction research throughout his career and his work has been published in multiple journals.
Eric Klinger, PhD
Dr. Klinger is Professor Emeritus at University of Minnesota, Morris, MN. His work has been published in multiple journals.
Javad Salehi Fadardia, PhD
Dr. Fadardi is a research associate professor at the School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on two interrelated areas of motivational and cognitive processes: underlying health-related decisions, and behaviors that signify problems with habitual control. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify the variables and predict and govern addiction.
Recognize the biological processes involved.
Extrapolate that addiction-related goals can be changed, or at least suppressed and superseded by other goals.
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