A Sociological Theory of Drug Addiction

@inproceedings{Lindesmith1938AST,
  title={A Sociological Theory of Drug Addiction},
  author={Alfred R. Lindesmith},
  year={1938}
}
Current theories of drug addiction tend to be moralistic rather than scientific. Any satisfactory theory must attempt to account for the fact that the repeated administration of opiates sometimes is followed by addition and sometimes is not. The factor which accounts for this differential effect appears to be the person's knowledge or belief, supplied him by his cultural milieu, concerning the nature of the distress that accompanies the sudden cessation of the opiate. If he fails to realize the… CONTINUE READING

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