Excessive appetites: a psychological view of addictions

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Wiley, 1985 - Medical - 367 pages
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This eagerly awaited new edition of Excessive Appetites will offer you a complete and comprehensive revision of this classic text in the field of addictions. Covering a wide variety of different forms of addiction from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through to gambling, eating and sex this book provides an up-to-date and authoritative account of core knowledge in this vital area. Comprehensive coverage, from the origins and processes of addiction right through to the ways in which people overcome their addictions, and the implications for interventions.

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Orford rewrites approaches to addiction. He takes a new perspective on behaviours that are common yet bewildering, familiar yet frightening. Previous approaches take a good/bad approach, Orford instead places these behaviours in the continuum of appetite which provides a new way to interact with the behaviours and their outcomes.
This approach has far reaching implications for developing alternate responses to the pathologising, medicalisation and criminilsiation of what are otherwise a set of objects within a normal range of appetitive beahviours.


Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Three Excessive Gambling
Chapter Four Excessive DrugTaking

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About the author (1985)

Orford trained in clinical psychology at the Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, London, and later obtained his Ph.D. at the Addiction Research Unit at the Institute. He now heads the Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction Research Group at the University of Birmingham.

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