Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 12/30/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For undergraduate courses on Drugs and Behavior. #xA0; This text examines the impact of drug-taking behavior on our society and our daily lives.#xA0; The use and abuse of a wide range of licit and illicit drugs are discussed from historical, biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. #xA0; In today's world, drugs and their use present a social paradox, combining the potential for good and for bad. As a society and as individuals, we can be the beneficiaries of drugs or their victims.#xA0; Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, Sixth Editionfeatures a comprehensive review of psychoactive drugs, and is notable for the attention it gives to two aspects of drug-taking behavior that have been underreported in other texts: steroid abuse and inhalant abuse.

Author Biography

Dr. Charles F. Levinthal is Chair of the Department of Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University, where he has taught and conducted research since 1971, having received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is author of fifteen books, including Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, 7th ed. (2012), Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice, 3rd ed. (2012), Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy (2003), Introduction to Physiological Psychology, 3rd ed. (1990), and Messengers of Paradise: Opiates and the Brain (1988). Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society has been published in Korean (2008), and Messengers of the Paradise: Opiates and the Brain has been published in Spanish (1989) and Japanese (1991). His present research interests include issues in substance abuse and dependence, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive decision-making. Dr. Levinthal presented the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1987 and was voted by the graduating Class of 2003 as Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Levinthal was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010.

Table of Contents




PART ONE:  Drugs in Society/Drugs in Our Lives  


CHAPTER 1: Drugs and Behavior Today


CHAPTER  2: Drug-Taking Behavior: The Personal and Social Concerns


CHAPTER 3:  How Drugs Work in the Body and on the Mind  



PART TWO: Legally Restricted Drugs in Our Society  


CHAPTER 4:  The Major Stimulants: Cocaine and Amphetamines  


CHAPTER 5:   Narcotics: Opium, Heroin, and Synthetic Opiates  


CHAPTER 6:  LSD and Other Hallucinogens  


CHAPTER 7: Marijuana  



PART THREE:  Legal Drugs in Our Society  


CHAPTER 8: Alcohol: Social Beverage/Social Drug  


CHAPTER 10: Chronic Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  


CHAPTER  11: Nicotine and Tobacco  Use


PART FOUR:  Enhancers and Depressants


CHAPTER 12:  Performance Enhancing Drugs and Drug Testing in Sports


CHAPTER  13: Depressents and Inhalants 


PART FIVE: Medicinal Drugs


CHAPTER 14 Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and Dietary Supplements  


CHAPTER 15: Drugs for Treating Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders  


PART SIX: Prevention and Treatment


CHAPTER  16: Substance-Abuse Prevention


CHAPTER 17: Substance-Abuse Treatment: Strategies for Change 






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