Debate about addiction and the disease theory
Debate about addiction and the disease theory.
I am really not a fan of the disease theory and I feel it is insulting to those who have a real disease such as cancer. Here is a link to a good discussion in the New York Times which contains five different view points. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/02/10/what-is-addiction
One of the people in the debate is Marc Lewis who wrote the excellent “memoirs of an addicted brain” which I have recently read. He gives great descriptions about the process that takes place when you decide to take drugs and feel you are addicted and have no other options to continue.
I do feel it is useful to read different opinions about aspects of addiction. Those from the 12 step world are often shown up to have little credibility and it is not a surprise that the “treatment” that they offer has very low success levels. I look at their solution as little more than faith healing, but some of the old-fashioned ideas are still held up a solution by many of these people. I think more debates and greater publicity for solutions that dismiss the disease idea as unhelpful will help people in the future.