Module 5: Psychological Theories of Addiction

Ch. 2: More about Psychological Models of Addiction

The next, brief reading for Module 5 provides an overview of five psychological theories related to the etiology of substance use disorders and addiction. You will be reading a piece by Cavaiola, A.A. (2009) called Psychological models of addiction from G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of substance abuse prevention, treatment, & recovery, volume 2, (pp. 720-723). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

In this chapter you will read about:

  • Psychoanalytic models,
  • Psychopathology models,
  • Personality models,
  • Behavioral models, and
  • Opponent process models.

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Click here for a link to our Carmen course where you can locate the assigned pdf file(s) for this chapter. You will need to be logged into our Carmen course, select Module 5, and proceed to the Coursework area. Under the Readings heading you will find a box with links to the readings for relevant coursebook chapters. Don’t forget to return here in your coursebook to complete the remaining chapters and interactive activities.


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