Ethical issues in the treatment of addiction

Benjamin Capps, Adrian Carter, Yvette Van Der Eijk

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Addiction or dependence to a psychoactive substance - or drug - is a biopsychosocial disorder. Many aspects of addiction can be clinically treated, yet this raises some important ethical issues. The health and social problems resulting from addiction are generally influenced by sociopolitical agendas and prevailing views about addiction, and therefore, we make some brief observations about how these affect the act, manner, or method of treating someone who is addicted. In this chapter, we focus on some recent developments in the treatment of addiction: pharmacological approaches, and invasive brain therapies. In addition to giving an ethical overview of these, we look more generally at the justification for coerced treatment
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuroethics
EditorsJens Clausen, Neil Levy
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789400747074
ISBN (Print)9789400747067
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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