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Substance Use Disorders

A Biopsychosocial Perspective


Perry M. Duncan, Old Dominion University, Virginia


This textbook surveys the current knowledge on substance use disorders (SUD), summarizing scientific evidence from numerous fields. It uses a biopsychosocial framework to integrate the many factors that contribute to addictions, from genetic predispositions, neurological responses caused by drugs, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, personality traits, and developmental conditions to cultural influences. Real-life vignettes and first-person accounts build understanding of the lived experience of addiction. The currently accepted practices for diagnosis and treatment are presented, including the role of 12-step programmes and…

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  • Lays out the history and current status of disease theory, including its benefits, supporting evidence, and limitations
  • Looks into the nature and role of mutual-assistance groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, in promoting recovery from addiction
  • Includes real-life examples that illustrate the essential features of substance use disorders
  • Describes addiction as a behavioural disorder with disease-like characteristics and biopsychosocial origins

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