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Lessons from Akrasia in Substance Misuse: a Clinicophilosophical Discussion

Radoilska, L., Fletcher, K. D. (2016) Lessons from Akrasia in Substance Misuse: a Clinicophilosophical Discussion. BJPscyh Advances, 22 (4). pp. 234-241. ISSN 2056-4678. (doi:10.1192/apt.bp.115.014845) (KAR id:57878)

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Abstract

This article explores the philosophical concept of akrasia, also known as weakness of will, and demonstrates its relevance to clinical practice. In particular, it challenges an implicit notion of control over one’s actions that might impede recovery from substance misuse. Reflecting on three fictional case vignettes, we show how philosophical work on akrasia helps avoid this potentially harmful notion of control by supporting a holistic engagement with people for whom substance misuse is a problem. We argue that such engagement enhances their prospects of recovery by focusing on agency over time, as opposed to individual lapses.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1192/apt.bp.115.014845
Uncontrolled keywords: inverse akrasia, weakness of will, substance misuse
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Jacqueline Martlew
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 14:45 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57878 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Radoilska, L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6442-0459
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