The dimwitted Nora Volkow will eventually destroy her own argument when she declares every unfavorable behavior to be disease. Currently, she’s got her sight set on food addiction; I can’t wait till she takes on things that involve no consumption whatsoever, such as video games. She really misses the point.
Figureheads of the recovery culture claim that treatment uses science to provide solutions for addiction. They also claim that those who question the treatment system stand in the way of science and progress. Meanwhile, the main component of treatment- Substance/Drug Abuse Counseling – is oriented around a form of faith healing: the 12-Steps.
Patches Kennedy has been “addicted” forever, he went back to rehab again in 2009, and now he’s writing a book to destigmatize addiction, which he calls a “neurological ailment”. This can only be helpful if we understand how absurd it is.
A reader who disagrees with my views recently posted a link and told me it was “required reading”. The link goes to a page titled “Drugs and the Brain” from the NIDA pamphlet (National Institute on Drug Abuse & Addiction) titled “Drugs, Brains, and Behavior – The Science of Addiction”. What follows is my critique […]
A few hours after making this post about the Argument From Intimidation, I found this story, A New Treatment For Narcotic Addiction by Lloyd I. Sederer MD, which was published the same day, on the Huffington Post, and served as a near perfect example of the fallacy in action. The article was pushing for public acceptance of buprenorphine as a treatment for opioid […]
In “The Virtue of Selfishness” Ayn Rand brilliantly identified a logical fallacy in wide use today, which she called “The Argument from Intimidation”. If you don’t wholly support and endorse the disease theory of addiction, then you will undoubtedly be countered often with the Argument from Intimidation. If you’re aware that the argument isn’t really […]