Carl Hart Phd is a neuroscientist, drug researcher, and Columbia University professor with 25 years of research under his belt. He wrote a book a few years ago that was fantastic. He discusses some of his research in it. He doesn’t really get into discussing treatment or support groups. He seems most concerned with spreading truth about the effects of drugs. He wants to undo the misinformation.
the brain disease model of addiction comes from a deterministic philosophy, in which free will doesn’t exist. This is logically impossible.
There is a point we will hit where by following the logic of the brain disease model of addiction, it will begin to appear that literally everything we do is a brain disease – and thus it will become painfully obvious to most people that none of it should be considered a disease. The reason […]
The latest addiction research is focused on the wrong thing – impulse control – the art of changing an addiction is not a process resisting impulses, it’s a process of doing away with such impulses.
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?
The brain-disease model of addiction destroys itself because it denies the very concept of neuroplasticity on which it is simultaneously built. Drug addiction is not a brain disease, it’s a choice. Learn how the brain disease argument uses the fallacy of the stolen-concept.