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ROUTLEDGE BOOK SYMPOSIUM AT NDSAG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022

The ATN book (Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction) was the centerpiece for a symposium held at the Annual Conference of the New directions in the Study of Alcohol Group at London South Bank University on 9th June 2022. Chaired by one of the book’s editors, Matt Field, and introduced by another, Nick Heather, […]

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ATN Webinar: Addiction and the Brain - Knowledge, Beliefs and Ethical Considerations

Featuring:  Matilda Hellman, Michael Egerer, Syaron Basnet, & Doris Ochterbeck When: 13 June 2022 Full webinar now available at: Addiction and the Brain - Knowledge, Beliefs and Ethical Considerations Please forward this advertisement to interested colleagues and friends. Event description:  This ATN webinar interrogates the consequences of brain-centric explanations of addiction and how these shape our […]

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ATN Webinar: Finding the meaning of addiction - Is it in the eye of the beholder?

Featuring:  Stanton Peele When: 17 May 2022 Full webinar video now available at: ATN Webinar Stanton Peele Finding the meaning of addiction Is it in the eye of the beholder? Event description:  This Addiction Theory Network webinar interrogates ways in which addictive beliefs and behaviour are inextricably connected to individual and cultural meanings, especially with regards […]

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Webinar: Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. And Then What?

ATN Webinar: Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. And Then What? Featuring:  Bruce K. Alexander When? 19/04/2022; 1600-1730 Edinburgh; 0800 Vancouver; 1100 New York; 1700 Paris Update: Full webinar video now available at ATN Webinar featuring Bruce Alexander Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction BDMA And Then The free event will be held via […]

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Culture
Thresholds for diagnosis often differ
WHO cross-cultural applicability research on diagnosis and assessment of substance use disorders

A paper by Robin Room et al., 1996 "The attitudes of societies to alcohol and drug use affects the use of criteria and the making of diagnoses." R. Room et al. Abstract "The cross-cultural applicability of criteria for the diagnosis of substance use disorders and of instruments used for their assessment were studied in nine […]

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Addiction and the Brain: Development, Not Disease

A paper by Marc Lewis, 2016 "[This analysis] also highlights neural and behavioral parallels between substance addictions, behavioral addictions, normative compulsive behaviors, and falling in love." M. Lewis Abstract "I review the brain disease model of addiction promoted by medical, scientific, and clinical authorities in the US and elsewhere. I then show that the disease […]

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Neurobiology
Don't ignore the obvious
What neurobiology cannot tell us about addiction

A paper by Harold Kalant, 2010 "There is abundant evidence that psychological, social, economic and specific situational factors play important roles in initiating addiction..." H. Kalant Abstract "Molecular neurobiological studies have yielded enormous amounts of valuable information about neuronal response mechanisms and their adaptive changes. However, in relation to addiction this information is of limited […]

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Q: Is Addiction a Brain Disease or a Moral Failing? A: Neither

A paper by Nick Heather, 2016 "The article concludes by enthusiastically endorsing [Marc] Lewis’ call for a third stage in the governing image of addiction." N. Heather Abstract "This article uses Marc Lewis’ work as a springboard to discuss the socio-political context of the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA). The claim that promotion of […]

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Stuck in the rabbit hole
Neurobiological research on addiction: What value has it added to the concept?

A paper by Harold Kalant, 2015 "[Neurobiological research] has largely ignored the important experiential and environmental influences known to affect the prevalence of addiction in different populations or different times..." H. Kalant Abstract "The initial goal of neurobiological research on addiction was to identify the neural mechanisms involved in the mediation and expression of addictive […]

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A "shades of gray" goose
Free Will, Black Swans and Addiction

A paper by Ted Fenton & Reinout Wiers, 2016 "... most cases of addiction come as geese in different shades of gray." T. Fenton & R Wiers Abstract "The current dominant perspective on addiction as a brain disease has been challenged recently by Marc Lewis, who argued that the brain-changes related to addiction are similar […]

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