Addiction: A Reference Encyclopedia

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Psychology - 398 pages
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"Addiction: A Reference Encyclopedia" offers straight talk and clear answers on a topic often sensationalized in the media and politicized during campaigns. Drawing from a wide variety of sources, it provides readers with a concise yet thorough review of what we know about all kinds of addictive behavior.

"Addiction" surveys both the science of addiction and its history in the United States with two main sections: a narrative of the history of addiction as a scientific and public policy issue in the United States followed by a series of alphabetically organized entries focused on organizations, individuals, and events that have impacted our thinking about addiction. Much of the work focuses on substance abuse--alcohol, tobacco, opiates, cocaine--but the book also examines behaviors that have only recently been recognized as potentially addictive, including gambling, sexual activity, Internet usage, and more.

 

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Contents

Entries
57
Primary Source Documents
335
The Spread of Addiction and the Call to Action in the LateNineteenth and EarlyTwentieth Centuries
343
Proving CocaCola Is Harmless
349
Smuggling Drugs after the Smoking Opium Exclusion Act
351
The Federal Government Acts against Alcohol and Narcotics
356
Calls for Addiction to Be Treated as a Disease
358
The American Government Reports On and Attempts to Act against the Health Hazards of Tobacco
363
The Government Tackles Steroids
371
Beyond Substance Beginning to Recognize Behavioral Addictions
373
Further Reading
377
Index
381
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About the author (2010)

Howard Padwa, PhD, works as a researcher in Los Angeles.

Jacob Cunningham, MA, teaches history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA.

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