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TreaTmenT Hole in tHe Looking to the philosophers can give us valuable understanding of the nature of addiction, suggests Albert Yates O n the face of it, Classical Greek philosophy and the psychology of addiction are not natural bedfellows. Bringing both disciplines together to produce a plausible theory of addiction might seem unlikely. However, this is less so when addictive behaviour is seen for what it is: human behaviour. To better understand human behaviour, we would do well to acknowledge the work of our intellectual ancestors – Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. These Classical Greek philosophers spent their lives trying to understand the way human beings behave. Choice, motivation, personal responsibility, desire, and excess are but a few aspects of human action they explored. In modern times, these are among the areas of human behaviour that practitioners in the field of addiction seek to understand. 6 | drinkanddrugsnews | June 2019 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com