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Addiction Neuroethics
The Promises and Perils of Neuroscience Research on Addiction

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Part of International Research Monographs in the Addictions

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003248

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  • Addiction is a significant health and social problem and one of the largest preventable causes of disease globally. Neuroscience promises to revolutionise our ability to treat addiction, lead to recognition of addiction as a 'real' disorder in need of medical treatment and thereby reduce stigma and discrimination. However, neuroscience raises numerous social and ethical challenges: • If addicted individuals are suffering from a brain disease that drives them to drug use, should we mandate treatment? • Does addiction impair an individual's ability to consent to research or treatment? • How will neuroscience affect social policies towards drug use? Addiction Neuroethics addresses these challenges by examining ethical implications of emerging neurobiological treatments, including: novel psychopharmacology, neurosurgery, drug vaccines to prevent relapse, and genetic screening to identify individuals who are vulnerable to addiction. Essential reading for academics, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers in the fields of addiction, mental health and public policy.

    • Presents the ethical, social and policy challenges influencing the use of new treatments for addiction
    • Critically examines the current views on whether addicted individuals have control over their drug use
    • Pragmatic treatment guidance allows readers to easily put the theory into practice
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003248
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. What is addiction?
    3. The neurobiology of addiction
    4. Neurobiological treatments of addiction
    5. Autonomy, addiction and the public good
    6. Autonomy and the capacity to consent to addiction treatment
    7. The rights of individuals treated for drug, alcohol and tobacco addiction
    8. Coerced treatment of addiction
    9. Ethics of addiction research
    10. New developments in the treatment of addiction
    11. In search of a neurobiological 'cure' of addiction
    12. Preventing addiction and personalised addiction treatment
    13. Feeling 'better than well'
    14. The implications of addiction neurobiology for public policy
    15. Concluding remarks

  • Authors

    Adrian Carter, University of Queensland
    Adrian Carter is NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Addiction Neuroethics Unit, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Brisbane, Australia.

    Wayne Hall, University of Queensland
    Wayne Hall is NHMRC Australia Fellow, Addiction Neuroethics Unit, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, and Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia.

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