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This article explores craving in Internet Game Disorder among college students. Craving, as a central feature of addiction and a precursor of relapse, has been recently targeted in addiction intervention....  Read More

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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...  Read More

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The concept of compulsion, in which addictive behavior is not a voluntary behavior, is central to the neurobiological theories that have become popular as disease theory of addiction are ubiquitous...  Read More

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Normative thinking about addiction has traditionally been divided between, on the one hand, a medical model which sees addiction as a disease characterized by compulsive and relapsing drug use over...  Read More

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This webinar discusses how the brain disease model came into being and proposes an alternate theory of addiction. In this riveting and provocative talk, neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis...  Read More

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The EMCDDA commissioned this report in order to increase understanding of the nature of addiction, highlighting the lessons that alcohol, tobacco and non-pharmacological addictions can provide for understanding addiction to...  Read More

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Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of compulsive drug use, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem. As a result of scientific research, we know that...  Read More

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Behavioral addictions such as gambling, video games, sex, and shopping share many clinical features with substance use disorders, including etiology, course, and neurobiology. Yet, the treatment of behavioral addictions and...  Read More

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The Office of the Surgeon General recently produced its first Report on the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse on health, making several very laudable policy recommendations, including characterizing addiction...  Read More

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This chapter describes the neurobiological framework underlying substance abuse and why clients transition from using or misusing to a substance use disorder. It also explains how these substances produce changes...  Read More

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As tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of mortality in the United States, differential rates of smoking and use of other tobacco products is a significant contributor to health...  Read More

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Understanding the Identification Process and Tools (Chapter 2): Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems for Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child Serving Service Organizations explains the value of...  Read More

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Introduction, Summary, and Conclusions (Chapter 1): Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General examines in detail the epidemiology, health effects, and causes of...  Read More

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Managing Addiction Risk in Patients Treated With Opioids (TIP 54, Chapter 4): Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders tells of promoting adherence, how...  Read More

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Patient Assessment (TIP 54, Chapter 2): Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders explains how researchers and clinicians agree that because chronic noncancer pain...  Read More

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Alcoholics Anonymous refers to the alcoholic who has stopped drinking, but who still demonstrates alcoholic attitudes and behaviors, as a “dry drunk.” Such individuals are said to have abstinence but...  Read More

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While predominant models of prevention focus on the prevention of specific diseases and disorders and/or on the minimization of harm arising from them, the authors argue for a theoretical and...  Read More

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