Course: Substance Abuse and Emotion
edited by Jon D. Kassel
The psychological, physical, and spiritual damage wrought by the misuse of drugs is indisputable. However, there is a recurring debate over the causes of substance abuse that typically divides along two common assumptions: People either abuse drugs and alcohol out of sheer pleasure-seeking drives run amok or to escape or assuage aversive states of comorbid anxiety or depression.
Substance Abuse and Emotion goes beyond this dichotomy in its exploration of recent, significant field observations, theory construction and rigorous testing, and laboratory research to advance working models for a new research paradigm on substance abuse and comorbidity. Notably, the relationship between drugs and emotion is emerging as paramount in understanding drug abuse etiology, maintenance, and relapse.
Part I of this edited volume examines various theoretical perspectives on the interrelationship between substance abuse and emotion, such as craving and positive/negative reinforcement; cognitive theories; relapse; and developmental, sociobiological, and evolutionary perspectives.
Part II explores new assessment methodologies, such as ecological momentary assessment and the linkage between affect and cognitive deficits among drug users. The book concludes with a research agenda to expand the volume s new paradigm in understanding and treating substance abuse.
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Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Jon D. Kassel, PhDJon D. Kassel, PhD, received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is a professor of psychology and director of the Substance Use Research Laboratory. He has authored more than 70 articles and chapters. He has served as consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Kassel's research is focused on delineating the processes that subserve drug effects. He has received wide recognition for his research on substance abuse, including the Ferno Award for Innovative Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He also received the Outstanding Early Career Contributions Award from the Special Interest Group on Addictive Behaviors of the Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapies.