Principles of Addiction

1st Edition

Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1

Editor-in-Chiefs: Peter Miller
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123983367
eBook ISBN: 9780123983619
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th February 2013
Page Count: 958
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Principles of Addiction provides a solid understanding of the definitional and diagnostic differences between use, abuse, and disorder. It describes in great detail the characteristics of these syndromes and various etiological models.

The book's three main sections examine the nature of addiction, including epidemiology, symptoms, and course; alcohol and drug use among adolescents and college students; and detailed descriptions of a wide variety of addictive behaviors and disorders, encompassing not only drugs and alcohol, but caffeine, food, gambling, exercise, sex, work, social networking, and many other areas.

This volume is especially important in providing a basic introduction to the field as well as an in-depth review of our current understanding of the nature and process of addictive behaviors.

Principles of Addiction is one of three volumes comprising the 2,500-page series, Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. This series provides the most complete collection of current knowledge on addictive behaviors and disorders to date. In short, it is the definitive reference work on addictions.

Key Features

  • Each article provides glossary, full references, suggested readings, and a list of web resources
  • Edited and authored by the leaders in the field around the globe – the broadest, most expert coverage available
  • Encompasses types of addiction, as well as personality and environmental influences on addiction


Researchers and students in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and neurology

Table of Contents


Scope and Format

Volume 1: Principles of Addiction

Editors: Biographies

List of Contributors

Section 1: The Nature of Addiction

Chapter 1. Historical Understandings of Addiction


Models for Understanding Addiction Existing Prior to 1600 AD

Models Appearing Between 1600 and 1900 AD

Models Appearing Since 1900 AD


See also

Further Reading

Relevant Website

Chapter 2. The Terminology of Addictive Behavior

Scientific Terminology



Models and Analogies

Diagnostic Terms



Further Reading

Relevant Website

Chapter 3. Epidemiology of Addiction


Definition of Addiction

Definition of Epidemiology

Part 1. The Epidemiology of Substance Use in the United States

Part 2. The Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorders in the United States


See also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Chapter 4. An Evolutionary Perspective on Addiction


What is an Evolutionary Perspective?

Could Addiction Evolve?


See also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Chapter 5. International Perspectives on Addiction

Drug Use Across Time and Place

Evolutionary and Biological Explanations

Norms, Values, and Expectations

Reconceptualizing Drug Abuse and Addiction: A Culture-Inclusive Approach

Diverse Treatment Approaches


See also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Chapter 6. The Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction

Biopsychosocial vs. Biomedical Models of Addiction

Conceptual Models of Addictive Behavior

Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction</


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Peter Miller

Peter M. Miller, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Addictive Behaviors and an experienced researcher and clinician in the field of alcohol use disorders.

Affiliations and Expertise

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA


"...a “must have” for libraries, especially where courses directly or indirectly related to addiction issues are run...can serve as a reference guide as well as providing the foundation for an in-depth understanding of the field."--Drugs and Alcohol Today, Principles of Addiction, Volume 1

"This volume provides a basic understanding of the definitional and diagnostic differences among use, abuse, and disorders. It describes in great detail the characteristics, etiology, and commonalities among all of these syndromes. It also describes a variety of addictive behaviors, both behavioral- and substance-based, and their similarities and differences. It is part of an exceptional, comprehensive series that should serve as a reference for all involved in the field.", January 3, 2014
"Ed. by Peter M. Miller. (Comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders, v.1)"--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013