Culture
Substance use and addiction research in India

A paper by Pratima Murthy et al., 2010 "There is disappointingly little research on pharmacological and psychosocial interventions" P. Murthy et al. Abstract "Substance use patterns are notorious for their ability to change over time. Both licit and illicit substance use cause serious public health problems and evidence for the same is now available in […]

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Culture
The explanatory models and coping strategies for alcohol use disorders: An exploratory qualitative study from India

A paper by Abhijit Nadkarni et al., 2013 "Alcohol consumption and AUDs are seen to be mainly associated with psychosocial stress..." A. Nadkarni et al. Abstract Purpose "The explanatory models (EM) and coping strategies for mental health problems influence treatment seeking and the subsequent patient journey. The goal of this study was to explore the […]

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Culture
Culture and alcohol use in India

A paper by Pratima Murthy, 2015 "Alcohol use in India is still viewed from different lenses – as a public health problem, as a social scourge as well as a social necessity." P. Murthy Abstract "Both the use of alcohol and its proscription are known in ancient as well as in contemporary India. From early […]

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Treatment
Counselling for Alcohol Problems (CAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men

A paper by Abhijit Nadkarni et al., 2016 "CAP delivered by lay counsellors plus enhanced usual care (EUC) was better than EUC alone..." A. Nadkarni et al. Summary Background "Although structured psychological treatments are recommended as first-line interventions for harmful drinking, only a small fraction of people globally receive these treatments because of poor access […]

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Culture
The Cultural Framing of Addiction

A paper by Robin Room, 2003 "... a secular equivalent for possession as an explanation of how a good person can behave badly..." R. Room Abstract "The concept of addiction is historically and culturally specific, becoming a common way of understanding experience first in early nineteenth-century America. This paper considers the relation to the concept […]

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Treatment
Improving the scalability of psychological treatments in developing countries

A paper by Daisy Singla et al., 2014 "This study highlights that lay therapists can be trained to effectively assess each other's therapy sessions as well as experts..." D. Singla et al. Abstract "Psychological treatments delivered by lay therapists, with little or no previous mental health training, have been shown to be effective in treating […]

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Basic theory
ATN Webinar: Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA)

Featuring:  Nick Heather, Matt Field, Antony C. Moss, & Sally Satel Update: Full webinar video now available at ATN Webinar Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction 3/15/2022 Meeting Recording When? 15/03/2022; 1300-1430 UK time For local time see:  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html The event will be held via MS Teams.  Those interested in attending must contact Derek Heim at […]

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Culture
From Criminals to Celebrities: Perceptions of “the Addict” in the Print Press from Four European Countries from Nineties to Today

A paper by Franca Beccaria et al., 2014 "... different conceptualizations ('the sinner,' 'the sick,' 'the social problem,' 'the criminal,' and 'the famous') assume diverse importance." F. Beccaria et al. Abstract "The article reviews portrayals of 'the addict' in press items from Italy, Finland, Poland, and The Netherlands. The dataset consists of 1,327 items from […]

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Basic theory
Is addiction science undergoing a paradigm shift?

By Nick Heather PhDDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, UK In this post I assume that a radical transformation is currently occurring in addiction science and suggest the possibility that this might been seen as a Kuhnian ‘paradigm shift’. The puzzle of addiction is that people labelled as addicts persist […]

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