5. Nature and Pattern of Addiction

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch5

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Nature and Pattern of Addiction, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • nature and pattern of addiction;
  • drug experience, why people take drugs - pattern of use and misuse;
  • pharmacological factors, including chemical properties or types of drug used;
  • person's biological make-up, personality, gender, age and drug tolerance - and user's previous experience of drug;
  • three interrelated factors - pharmacological properties, individual differences and context of use;
  • psychoactive substances, temporary changes in nervous system - feeling of being ‘high’;
  • reason why people start using drugs - may not be the same as the reason why they continue to use them;
  • patterns of substance use and misuse;
  • chaotic use, individual taking a drug or drugs - in spontaneous way, not following any typical drug-using pattern;
  • ‘binge drinking’ gaining currency - high intake of alcohol in a single drinking occasion


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The drug experience

  • Why do people use drugs?

  • Patterns of substance use and misuse

  • Chaotic use

  • Binge drinking

  • Harm

  • References