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A biopsychosocial perspective

December 2018 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Addiction: A biopsychosocial perspective provides students with an evidence-based approach to addiction whilst covering a broad range of topics, critical perspectives and influential theories in addiction. With chapters discussing key theories, psychological, biological and societal aspects of addiction, this is a highly accessible and essential resource for students and researchers that:

  • Offers an evidence-based discussion of addiction
  • Addresses the neuroscience and psychology of addiction
  • Provides a critical account of the science and research in addiction
  • Includes chapter overviews and summaries, learning aims and case studies to help students in their study 

Chapter 1: Addiction defined
Chapter 2: Psychopharmacology of addictive substances
Chapter 3: Biological Theories of addiction
Chapter 4: Genetics of addiction
Chapter 5: Psychological Theories of addiction
Chapter 6: Pharmacotherapy for addiction
Chapter 7: Psychological Treatments
Chapter 8: Non Substance addictions: Gambling
Chapter 9: Society, Policy, Law and Ethics

The topic of addiction is multifaceted and complex, yet this new book is clear and refreshingly straightforward. It breathes new life and clarity into the subject from a wide range of interesting perspectives.  The authors’ mastery of the subject means we can feel safe in their hands as they navigate us through the area. Highly recommended to students and researchers alike!

Angela Clow
University of Westminster

Addiction is a truly complex phenomenon, however, Chris Chandler and Anita Andrews have managed to produce a straight forward but refreshingly informative guide to help the reader understand both what it is, and what can be done about it. 

Robert Patton
University of Surrey

This is a fantastic book. Insightful, clearly written and thought provoking. It skilfully gives an overview of the current state of knowledge about addiction from multiple perspectives and provides helpful chapter summaries. Required reading for anyone interested in understanding addiction.

Dr Maria Flynn
University of Westminster

This book provides an excellent complement to other books on addiction. Its authors have particular expertise in biochemistry and neuropsychology and this is reflected in the book’s orientation. It covers the biological sciences in greatest detail, constantly posing questions for students and others about the challenges and limitations of present understanding. 

James Orford
University of Birmingham

Chandler and Andrews have written a wonderfully clear text about one of psychology's most complex topics. Chapters are well structured and outlined, with excellent examples throughout; and unlike many texts in the field, the authors embed their extensive knowledge of addiction biopsychology within treatment and social contexts.

John Turner, Director of Research
University of East London

A must-read for students and researchers wanting to explore psychological, biological and societal aspects of addiction. It provides an evidence and critical based approach to addiction, whilst combining useful and essential learning tools. The use of summaries, learning aims, and end of chapter questions further facilitates this accessible resource.

Jenifer Coe
University of Suffolk

An excellent insight into the complex nature of addiction, yet presented in a usable format for undergraduate study

Miss Clair Tourish
Department of Health Professions, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 9, 2021

A comprehensive review of addiction containing a number of relevant perspectives.

Mrs Liz Hall
Psychology, Petroc College
August 14, 2019

A comprehensive and welcomed overview of the nature and aetiology of addiction.

Added to both pre-and post registration reading lists as "recommended"

Mr Mark James
FSE, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
October 10, 2019

This is a great book covering all addictions , this will enable learners to understand signs , symptoms and reghabilitation processes.

Miss Sam Ford
Psychology, Southend Adult Community College
July 18, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Addiction Defined