There’s an odd little bit of logic or assumption that comes up when discussing addiction that I need to discuss. Those who favor the disease model of addiction, or any model of addiction that includes an inability to choose differently, tend to assume that those who don’t quit can’t quit. I, however, see addiction as […]
Commenters to this site claim the disease debate doesn’t matter, and some even say that no one is pushing the disease model of addiction. The most basic review of the news shows that the push for the disease model of addiction is still going strong. It obviously matters to someone.
I just got done watching the new season of The Comeback – a mock reality show about a pathetic aging sitcom star, Valerie Cherish (played by Lisa Kudrow). I consider myself a comedy connoisseur, and this show to be top notch. So if you haven’t seen it, check it out on HBO – I give […]
I just found an old article by a seasoned treatment provider/12-step supporter, Dr Abraham Twerski. He’s a psychiatrist who founded the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in 1972, writes extensively, and tours the world speaking about recovery. He also offers a wonderful example of the double-talk, nonsense, and brazen self-contradictory messages of the recovery culture. Check out […]
Drugs and art, art and drugs. Is drug use and addiction a necessary evil for the artist? The myth that the best modern music is the result of drug use pervades our culture despite some important weaknesses in this assumption. Let’s examine some critical issues in this debate.
Consider these important philosophical questions in the brain disease of addiction debate: Do brains use substances, or do people use substances? Does the brain walk down to the store, buy a drink, open it, and drink it – or does a person do all of that? Does a brain seek pleasure – or does a person?