Addiction treatment, and our entire approach to “addiction” doesn’t help, and it doesn’t “cure addicts”, it only creates more of the symptoms of “addiction” – hopelessness and a sense of powerlessness to change and make different choices. This is what I chose to demonstrate when I got the chance to give a TEDx Talk on addiction. Here is the video of my TEDx Talk on addiction. If you like the video, please share. I do this because I think this message helps people who struggle like I did in the recovery/rehab system:
Supporting research for many claims in the TEDx Talk on addiction:
Vietnam heroin addicts results: Lee Robins 1993
“96% of those who don’t get treatment say they don’t think they need it” – National Survey on drug use and health
Review of epidemiological research on addiction, by Gene Heyman: Quitting Drugs: Quantitative and Qualitative Features
Why addiction isn’t a brain disease: Addiction Is Not a brain disease it is a choice by Steven Slate
Addiction isn’t a brain disease / no published papers establishing causation between neural adaptation and increased use / addiction isn’t chronic / >90% probability of recovery: Addiction and Choice – Theory and New Data by Gene Heyman
All substance use is voluntary: Do Addicts Lose Control? by Steven Slate
Withdrawal isn’t sufficient for addiction, and must involve belief in addiction: Addiction & Opiates by Alfred Lindesmith
Crack / meth users turn down another hit in favor of delayed cash: TED Talk by neuroscientist Carl Hart
Belief in disease model of addiction predicts relapse: What Predicts Relapse by William Miller
96% of heroin addicts currently in remission: NESARC Prescription Opioids and Heroin Results
The full text of my prepared remarks for this presentation are available at Steven Slate’s TEDx Talk Tahoe City.
An explanation of my thoughts on a solution to addiction are available at: Addiction – The Problem and The Solution.