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Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions, 2nd Edition

Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions, 2nd Edition

Jim Orford

ISBN: 978-0-471-98231-9

Jun 2001

424 pages

Select type: Paperback

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This eagerly awaited new edition of Excessive Appetites will offer you a complete and comprehensive revision of this classic text in the field of addictions.

Covering a wide variety of different forms of addiction from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, through to gambling, eating and sex this book provides an up-to-date and authoritative account of core knowledge in this vital area.

Comprehensive coverage, from the origins and processes of addiction right through to the ways in which people overcome their addictions, and the implications for interventions.
About the Author.


Changing the Shape of the Field.


Excessive Drinking.

Excessive Gambling.

Excessive Drug Taking.

Excessive Eating and Exercising.

Excessive Sexuality.


Taking Up Appetitive Behaviour.

Personal Inclinations.

The Social Context.

Overcoming Restraint.

The Development of Strong Attachment.

Conflict and Its Consequences.


The Place of Expert Help.

Giving Up Excess.

Excessive Appetites: A Social--Behavioural--Cognitive--Moral Model.


Author Index.

Subject Index.
"user friendly, written in an easy, unpretentious style, with illuminating quotations and relevant tables and references. For students or any reader interested in addiction, this book is a reliable crash course. For those who work in the field, it is a substantial contribution to the debate about what addiction is." (Addiction Today, September 2001)

"This classic text .... should be of value to any person who wishes to add to their understanding ofthe area, whether for the purposes of treatment, prevention, harm
reduction or for personal education." (Addiction, Vol.97 2002)

"...wide ranging and well argued..a reliable crash course..." (Addiction Today, September/October 2001) 

"…It’s a damn good read…stuffed with interesting anecdotes, quotations and data…" (European Eating Disorders Review, Vol.10, No.1-2, 2002)

"…a wonderfully comprehensive reference book." (Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol.31, 2003)