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Addiction in the Family

Addiction in the Family

This book identifies and addresses potential clinical issues for clients who have family members struggling with addiction, and offers concrete strategies for treatment. Viewing addiction as a family disease, Dr. Kelly explores the complex challenges faced by family members, examines the ways in which substance use disorders affect family dynamics, and discusses behaviors that help sustain recovery and create and maintain healthy relationships.

Understanding Addiction

Understanding Addiction

A concise overview of this complex affliction for all those affected by addiction - addicts, family members, and even employers.

The Addicted Brain

The Addicted Brain

In this work, the author, explains how and why addiction can destroy lives.  He also presents advances in drug addiction treatment and prevention showing the long-term brain changes that drugs can cause and revealing why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape their grip. 

Social Media and Young People

Social Media and Young People

Social media has revolutionised how most of us communicate; no one more so than teenagers and young adults, who spend on average 2-3 hours a day connected to social media sites. This book examines the prevalence of social media use by young Australians, and explores its impacts on their wellbeing. 

Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library

Books on addiction and sobriety can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
​HV5825 - HV5831  This section contains books on how addiction affects families, relationships and impacts society 
RC533 - RC5681  This section is focused on the medical and psychological aspects of addiction
Addiction and Change

Addiction and Change

Not everyone who experiments with substance use or risky behavior becomes addicted, and many who are addicted have been able to recover. This book gives a framework for understanding the journey both into and out of addiction and identifies the stages and processes involved in initiating, modifying, maintaining, or stopping any pattern of behavior.

The Age of Addiction : how bad habits became big business

The Age of Addiction : how bad habits became big business

We live in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and shopping to binge eating and opioid abuse. What can we do to resist temptations that insidiously and deliberately rewire our brains? Nothing, The author says, unless we understand the global enterprises whose "limbic capitalism" creates and caters to our bad habits.

Gamer Nation : the rise of modern gaming and the compulsion to play again

Gamer Nation : the rise of modern gaming and the compulsion to play again

A tech-industry insider takes a critical look at the effect games are having on our short- and long-term happiness and assesses the cultural prospects of a society increasingly obsessed with gaming. He offers insights from interviews with experts on the mechanics of manipulation. Sophisticated psychological tools are used to design games that are compelling, irresistible, and possibly addicting. In a few case, obsessive game-playing has been the cause of death.

Addictions, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism

Addictions, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism

This second edition of Salem Health: Addictions, Substance Abuse & Alcoholism presents essays on a variety of topics concerning substance abuse and behavioral addictions and their related issues. 

The Addicted Brain

The Addicted Brain

In this work, the author, explains how and why addiction can destroy lives.  He also presents advances in drug addiction treatment and prevention showing the long-term brain changes that drugs can cause and revealing why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape their grip. 

Addiction: entries and exits

Addiction: entries and exits

This book focuses on the emergence, nature, and persistence of addictive behaviors, as well as the efforts of addicts to overcome their condition.