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When does a harmless habit become an addition? Why do only some of us get addicted? What can make recovery possible? The Psychology of Addictionis a fascinating introduction to the psychological issues surrounding addiction and the impact they have on social policy, recovery and an addict’s everyday life. The book focuses on drug and alcohol addiction and tackles topics such as whether drug use always leads to addiction and the importance of social networks to recovery. It also looks at how people can become addicted to activities like gambling, gaming and sex. In a society that still stigmatises addiction The Psychology of Addictionemphasises the importance of compassion, and provides a sensitive insight to anyone with experience of addiction.