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An Eternal Human Condition

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

Prof. Georgios Piperopoulos

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 postgraduate levels before retiring from his professorial chair at the Department of Business Administration, The University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dr Piperopoulos is currently Honorary Professor in Management and Marketing at Durham University Business School. He was until recently Visiting Professor at Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University and before that Visiting Professor at New castle University Business School, both at Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

He has held a variety of managerial posts in private enterprises and public social services organizations in the USA and Europe.

He has developed and taught Leadership, Communication, Stress Management and Psychological Operations courses at the Supreme Joint War College of the Hellenic Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air force), the Army staff training school, the Hellenic Police Continuing Education Centre and at the Greek branch of the United Nations Peace Serving Operations Training Centre.

Professor Piperopoulos has published several textbooks and many popular books in Greek and English and authored hundreds of articles and editorials in leading Greek Newspapers and magazines. He has been a frequent guest on Greek TV and radio programs as a commentator and, for several years, presented his own show titled ‘I Communicate Therefore I am’ in Greek National and Regional TV channels and Radio stations. He has delivered hundreds of public lectures to groups in Greece, Europe and the USA.

His daughter Dr Natasha (Anastasia) Piperopoulou lives with her son in Athens and is the tenured psychologist in a Piraeus public school for training and educating adolescents with special needs. His son Dr Panagiotis (Panos) Piperopoulos is an Associate Professor in Management, Graduate School of Business and law, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


Dr. Anastasia-Natasha G. Piperopoulou

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 and was valedictorian of the class of post graduate degree recipients.

She has been employed on a full-time tenured basis for the last 6 years as psychologist in a public school for training adolescents with special needs and disabilities in the city of Piraeus, after having served for 4 years at a similar public school in the city of Chalkida, Island of Evia, Greece.

She served for 7 years as a member of the original team providing psychological support to Hellenic Army and Air Force personnel under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence, and was as a member of the ‘crisis intervention team’ providing support, as needed, to families of victims.

Dr Piperopoulou has taught courses in psychology as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, (ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ), a Greek University specializing in training teachers, located in Athens, Greece. She also served as a lecturer at the Firemen Officers Academy of the Hellenic National Fire Department located in Athens.

Prior to her full time employment in special education schools operating under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education she had a private practice as a psychologist providing psychotherapy and counselling in the city of Piraeus.

She has volunteered her services to the drug addict rehabilitation program ‘18+’ of the Athens Psychiatric Hospital; to the psychiatric wards of the Athens National University Psychiatric Hospital ‘Eghinitio’ and to the Nikaia Regional General Hospital ‘Agios Panteleimon’ of Piraeus.

She has contributed chapters in 2 books published in Greek under the titles ‘Crisis intervention in Acute Psychological problems’ and ‘Psychological Support by Telephone’. She has published articles in the Hellenic Journal of Psychiatry and the Journal of the Hellenic Armed Forces. She has presented papers in National and International Congresses, and contributed short articles and editorials to Greek Newspapers, Magazines and Greek websites and blogs. She has been a guest in several Greek Television and Radio programs dealing with psychological themes.

She is a member of the British Psychological Society (graduate member – chartered psychologist MBPsS); of the Association of Special Education Personnel in Special Education of Attica, Greece (, and of the Panhellenic Psychological Association.