This feature article on neuroscientist Marc Lewis and his new book discusses his theory that callenges the modern-day concensus on drug dependence as a brain disease, arguing that in “in reality it is a complex cultural, social, psychological and biological phenomenon” as NDARC Professor Alison Ritter describes. For a long time, Marc Lewis felt a body blow of shame whenever he remembered that night. “We thought … Continue reading Why addiction isn’t a disease but instead the result of ‘deep learning’
Kids are resilient in many areas. The place where they are not resilient resides in their emotional lability. Kids suffer more ups and downs than any other age group. Factored into t his is that their hormones raging, their self-esteem is bouncing, and, among many other things, they haven’t yet figured out or matured enough to know who they are or where they want to … Continue reading What NEVER To Say & What ALWAYS To Say To Your Kids Who May Be Using Drugs & Alcohol
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 blame for bad choices. To quote comedian Flip Wilson, “It’s … Continue reading Why Addiction is NOT a Disease – A Clinical Evaluation by a Psychiatrist
I will make this answer as brief as I can… highlighting what I see is wrong. Recovery, as the word implies, indicates that you will, at some point, recover; however, in addiction recovery, it takes on an entire new meaning when the ‘Steppers’ get involved. Recovery, in the broken ‘Step’ system that exists today, is defined by: Forcing people to admit that they are ‘addicts’, even … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Most Recovery Programs?
A neuroscientist disputes the status quo, calling us all to rethink how we view addiction. As I looked down at my prepared questions, thinking they were juvenile or topical or pathetic, to ask Dr. Marc Lewis about his new book, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease, he stopped me and said, “Before we get started, do you mind if I ask what … Continue reading Why Addiction is NOT a Disease, According to Dr. Marc Lewis
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