This session is devoted to discussing sociological – as distinct from psychological, biomedical, or genetic – approaches to addiction. It covers many forms of addiction, ranging from research on addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, to emerging forms of addiction: for example, addictions to shopping, eating, and sex. In this session, we focus on social, cultural, and media influences, and on the social consequences of addiction, including consequences for family, work, school life, and other social institutions. Specific themes of interest may include duty of care, promising treatment options, new modes of diagnosis, and the legalization of addictive substances and practices. Discussions may also explore the methodological issues involved in the study of addiction, from sampling and recruitment to knowledge translation and policy formation. Presenters may also advance policy recommendations to address problems in this area more effectively.
Session Chair: Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University
Session Discussants: Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria and Mikael Jansson, University of Victoria
Session Code: SoHe2