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Addiction Studies

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Addiction Studies


"Substance abuse is a pattern of compulsive substance use marked by recurrent significant social, occupational, legal, or interpersonal adverse consequences, such as repeated absences from work or school, arrests, and marital difficulties.

Addiction is a state of psychological or physical dependence (or both) on the use of alcohol or other drugs. The term is often used as an equivalent term for substance dependence and sometimes applied to behavioral disorders, such as sexual, internet, and gambling addictions."  Adapted from APA Dictionary of Psychology

Addiction Studies

"The addiction counseling profession is at the front line in preventing and treating addiction disorders. The profession has moved forward significantly over the past 25 years in its techniques, research, and professional standards. The addiction counselor today works closely with psychologists, psychiatrists and the legal system. Work settings include inpatient hospital facilities as well as outpatient mental health units. Along with the applied side of addiction studies, research opportunities and careers also exist pertaining to understanding the dynamics of addiction, the impact drug abuse has on our society, and the biological effects of drugs." --Minot State University, Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, and Social Work

Searching for Information

When you're writing a report, you need to use terms that relate to your topic to find information sources - but you also need to be flexible.  Combining multiple terms will help you find sources that are more closely focused on your specific topic. 

These are some useful terms to use for an addiction studies research project. Other terms may be useful as well. Use specific words, but only use one or two word phrases - not whole sentences! Try both plural and singular forms, and try varying combinations.

  • Addiction
  • Alcoholics
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Alcoholism
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug addiction
  • Drug addicts
  • Gambling
  • Internet users – psychology
  • Sex addiction
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Substance dependence
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Treatment programs
  • Use specific drug names (Cocaine, Meth, Crack, MDMA, etc.)
  • Use street or slang words as well as medical or technical terms

The search terms listed above can be used in Google, but you'll find more reliable and authoritative sources searching either in the library's OneSearch Catalog or in Credo Reference, an online collection of reference and research sources.  Use the box below to access Credo's Social Science resources, including materials relating to Addiction (you may be asked to login) or find OneSearch on the Library Materials tab in this guide.

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Browsing Call Numbers

BF for general psychology

HV5001 for alcoholism

HV5725 for tobacco habits

HV5800 for drug habits & abuse.

QD415 for biochemisty

RA 114 for forensic psychology

RC 435 for psychiatry

RC554 for drug abuse

RM146  for misuse of therapeutic drugs

RM300 for drugs and their actions

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.

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