An Eternal Human Condition

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148 pages
This book constitutes a uniquely innovative and contemporary presentation of the major substance and behavioral addictions.
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About the author

Dr Georgios (Giorgos) Piperopoulos studied sociology and psychology at American, German and Austrian Universities receiving his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees; taught for over five decades at several American, European and Greek Universities at both undergraduate and postgraduat

Dr Anastasia-Natasha Piperopoulou (co-author of this book) received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology and a M.Sc. in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey in the UK and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Panteion University in Athens, Greece where she achieved the highest distinction score


This book constitutes a uniquely innovative and contemporary presentation of the major substance and behavioral addictions. From alcohol and substance use disorders, gambling-gaming-internet and tobacco dependencies, the authors provide a synthesis of historical data, empirical and theoretical underpinnings to make an important contribution to the understanding and study of addiction. The book will not only enrich the reading lists of High School, College and University students of addiction but is also designed to be of use to anyone interested in learning more about addictions in an easy to follow and engaging style. 

  • About the Authors
  • Introduction
  • Prolegomena
  • The ‘raison d’être’ of this book: substances and behavioural addictions
  • A Portrait from Limbo
  • Part One – Alcohol
  1. Alcohol use and abuse from antiquity to our times
    1. The Alcohol Prohibition Era in America (1920-1933)
    2. Current global realities on alcohol consumption
  2. The contemporary definition: alcoholism as an ‘Alcohol Use Disorder’ (AUD)
    1. Identifying 5 subtypes of alcoholics or (AUD) alcohol use disorder individuals
  3. Treating alcoholics: mutual support groups, psychotherapy and anti-alcohol drugs
    1. Alcoholics Anonymous (The AA ‘mutual-support’ fellowship)
    2. Psychotherapeutic approach: Counselling and behavioral therapies
    3. Anti-alcohol drugs
    4. Combination of psychotherapy and anti-alcohol drugs produces better results
  • Part Two – Gambling (betting)
  1. Gambling (betting): From prehistoric times to the 21st century
  2. From the US ‘Wire Act of 1961’ to EU’s Commission Recommendations of 2014
  3. Typology of gamblers and gambling
    1. Roulettes and slot machines
  4. The profile of the pathological gambler according to APA’s various (DSMs)
  5. The conception and creation of the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW)
    1. Internet addiction: the emergence of a modern human condition
  6. The Internet as a vehicle for individuals’ Online Trading
  7. Therapeutic treatment of pathological gamblers: ‘12-step’ fellowship, CBT & drugs
    1. Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
    2. Psychotherapeutic treatment of pathological gamblers
    3. Pharmacotherapy as the drug using treatment approach
  • Part Three - Substances
  1. Drug Addiction – An intriguing spectrum of responses when asking ‘Why drugs?’
  2. Substance Use Disorder (SUD): a Global reality with its own special vocabulary
    1. The American Government’s repetitious declaration of ‘War on Drugs’
  3. Current view of substance abuse & dependence as ‘Substance Use Disorder’ (SUD)
  4. Introducing major drugs of abuse: Hallucinogens
    1. Classic hallucinogens
    2. Dissociative drugs
    3. Cannabis (Marijuana)
  5. Opium: a brief historic overview of global trading and global use
    1. Opiates
  6. Cocaine
    1. Stimulants (Amphetamine and Methamphetamine)
  7. Legal and Illegal use of prescription anti-anxiety drugs
  8. Treatment modalities of individuals with substance use disorder (SUD)
    1. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – A ‘mutual support’ fellowship modality
    2. The therapeutic use of drugs: Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone
    3. The Therapeutic Community (TC) modality: ‘Synanon’ and ‘Concept’ type TC’s
  • Part Four - Tobacco
  1. Tobacco chewing & smoking
  2. Vaping e-cigarettes
  3. The road to nicotine addiction
  4. The road to recovery from nicotine addiction
  5. ‘Smirting’: smoking bans create a novel socio-psychological phenomenon
  • Bibliography

As a professional musician and teacher of music to young people I have found this book co-authored by two experts, father and daughter, and written in understandable language will prove to be very useful to parents and young men and women especially in these difficult covid-19 times when psychological pressures are on the rise. Odysseas ....
An amazing book on an extremely interesting and complex subject. A must read for experts, students and everyone with intellectual curiosity on addiction. The authors provide a historical perspective on each of the main addictions as a background to allow a detailed discussion of today’s frontier of knowledge. Everything is well supported and documented by scientific evidence and details for further resources. Konstantia Mamada, M.A.
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