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Alternative approaches of addiction and dominant scientific perspectives

  • Sotiris Lainas1
Annals of General Psychiatry20109(Suppl 1):S17

Published: 22 April 2010


Public HealthSuccessful InterventionBehavioral ScienceIntervention ParadigmScientific Perspective

The initiatives of the directly involved citizens like self help groups or organizations, throughout the years, have contributed decisively to the interpretation of the phenomenon of addiction and to the production of successful intervention paradigms. The dynamics of these approaches, their influence on the creation of successful alternative professional approaches and to behavioral sciences in general are discussed in this presentation. Additionally the influence the mainstream nosological approaches have on these alternative approaches nowadays are presented, along with the emerging danger of abolishment of their innovative characteristics.

Authors’ Affiliations

Psychologist, Coordinator of Self Help Promotion Program, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


© Lainas; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.