Addiction Models


Addiction Models

Addiction is often defined as continuing the same negative behaviors despite the consequences or the risks involved. The question is why?


Why do people continue their addictions in spite of negative consequences?

The answers are not simple. One of the purposes of this blog is to explore the phenomenon of addiction and recovery from a wide variety of perspectives.


Some of the entries will be from a clinical scientific perspective and summarize the most current research on addictions and modalities for addiction treatment. Some of the entries will be from a psychological perspective while still others will look at addiction existentially from the inside out. It is the hope of this endeavor to better understand not only the addictive process but more importantly to better understand the all but mystic possibilities of addiction recovery.


Each of our blog entries will start with a question that relates directly to addiction or recovery. As a cyberinteracive blog it is hoped that as answers unfold from a variety of vantage points that a mosaic will emerge that may prove to be much more than the sum of its parts. 



Rick Murphy, M.A. 

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  1. Addict

    There are a myriad of addiction models encompassing a wide range of disciplines. Psychology, neurophysiology, behavioral medicine, spirituality and self help group dynamics all have there own models of addiction. It is hoped that by examining the various models of addiction, from a variety of perspectives, that the differences between, and more importantly, the commonalities amongst the complex factors and forces that contribute to addictive cognititions and that constitute addictive behaviors will emerge.

  2. Addict

    Acamprosate, brand name Campral in the US, is calcium acetylaminopropane sulfonate C10H20N2O8S2Ca. It appears that Campral helps alcoholics to remain abstinant as it is thought to help restore GABA-glutamate equilibrium. While this equilibrium will re balance over time in the abstinent alcoholic, Campral appears to hasten the homeostatic process.

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