The NY Times recently had a Room for Debate feature on addiction. They published opinions from 6 different people on addiction with one being a clear advocate for the disease model. This is a little like publishing a debate feature on climate change and having 1 of 6 experts believe that global climate change is … Continue reading The choice argument and pleasure cont’d
Bill White responds to a recent article that has gotten a lot of attention by Gene Heyman, a disease model critic. Heyman (and a couple of other recent articles) question whether it's accurate to call addiction a chronic illness. If there is anything that the full scope of modern research on the resolution of AOD problems is … Continue reading A chronic illness?
This blog post expressing skepticism about addiction as a brain disease was recently brought to my attention. He lays out A pro-disease argument as THE pro-disease argument: What do gambling, sex, heroin and cocaine — and the other things that can addict us — have in common? One strategy is to look not to the … Continue reading A disorder of choice
From the director of a Maine OD prevention project: Katz cited Suboxone as the latest drug to be abused. The trend is particularly unnerving because of Suboxone's importance in treating opiate addiction when used for its intended purpose. “Suboxone can turn people’s lives around,” Katz said. “Pharmaceutical companies assured everyone it couldn’t be abused. All … Continue reading Addiction in the News
Now Gene Heyman has become the go to guy for anyone with an ideological aversion to addiction as a disease. What's most troubling is that many of his fans have much more broad readership that the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.