Addiction: Moral Failing or Disease?

ABC News provides some coverage of Senator Biden’s efforts to change federal language related to addiction:

Under the Recognizing Addiction as a Disease Act of 2007, which Biden sponsored, the National Institute on Drug Abuse will become the National Institute on Diseases of Addiction, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will become the National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health.

However, it also reports on a pseudo-debate about the nature of addiction. Guess which experts question the disease model? Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld. (More here, here and here.)

There is no raging debate among experts. Overwhelmingly the disease model is accepted. There are a few gadflies like these two and Stanton Peele and Jeffrey Schaler who pop up every time the media needs to create conflict in a story.