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Drug and Alcohol Addiction
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[German Version]

Substance addiction is the result of a process that begins with an isolated state of intoxication and, through the compulsion to reproduce this state, leads a person to dependency, loss of control, and self-destruction. Becoming addicted often presupposes a distressing situation in terms of somatic (pain), mental (relationship conflicts, loss of self-esteem, psychological illness) and/or social affliction (isolation), but can also be induced by the social environment or even accidentally (cf. the increasing consumption of so-calle…

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Neumann, Josef N., “Drug and Alcohol Addiction”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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