Hijacking Sorrow, Joy, Pleasure and Reward: A Philosophical Interpretive Framework for the Theory of Alcohol Addiction
Methodology and Epistemology
Valery Yevarouski
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Published 2018-10-15
https://doi.org/10.15388/SocMintVei.2017.2.11724
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Keywords

alcohol addiction, brain reward system, addictive behavior, philosophy of psychiatry, hedonic homeostasis

How to Cite

Yevarouski V. (2018) “Hijacking Sorrow, Joy, Pleasure and Reward: A Philosophical Interpretive Framework for the Theory of Alcohol Addiction”, Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas, 41(2), pp. 100-136. doi: 10.15388/SocMintVei.2017.2.11724.

Abstract

[full article, abstract in English; only abstract in Lithuanian]

This article offers a philosophical interpretation of the key concepts of alcohol addiction in neuroscience (the anhedonia hypothesis, the want-like system, the incentive salience hypothesis) and psychology (the rational choice model). A comprehensive, transdisciplinary review of the theories of alcohol addiction is performed and their applications to the treatment and recovery processes are discussed. As a core component, we reconstruct the experience to become habitual during subsequent alcohol misuse. As a result, the article proposes a philosophical theory for the broad interpretation of the concept of addiction as a reward system disorder with an application for cognitive and behavioral activity.

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