Why Addiction is NOT a Disease – A Clinical Evaluation by a Psychiatrist

Addiction is not a disease Tim Holden, MMed (Psych), Psychiatrist and assistant professor The statement, in a CMAJ editorial, 1 that addiction is a disease is not supported by the evidence and reads more like a political policy statement than a reasoned intellectual argument. There has been a steady erosion of individual responsibility and loss of any concept of personal …

Demi Lovato Reportedly Suffering Complications 6 Days After Apparent Overdose

Demi Lovato is still in the hospital after suffering from an overdose on Tuesday. Despite being in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Califoria, for six days, the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer has not been discharged due to various "complications," according to TMZ. The outlet's sources, who are said to have "firsthand" knowledge of Lovato's treatment, say …

Life’s a Book; You Can Write the Next Chapter Yourself.

Addiction is NOT a disease — and we’re treating addicts incorrectly We all know addiction is a disease(no way). It has been so classified by all the authoritative sources. The American Medical Association labeled alcoholism an “illness” back in 1967. The Centers for Disease Control, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and Alcoholics …

Recovery

Do current addiction recovery strategies used in the revolving door rehab system cause addiction to continue rather than to heal?  I believe it to be so.  What's the point if 'they' tell you you're going to relapse?  Anyway, it's all based on a theory that addiction is a disease.  We know now that it isn't …

“I truly believe no treatment will work on a person with an addiction if the patient hasn’t fully given themselves over to the fact that they have a disease that does not heal itself.” Margaret F.’s words capture a core belief of the traditional type of treatment program she attended, one common in 12-step-based facilities. …