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Addiction is a Choice

By Jeffrey A. Schaler

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Other Information: references, index
Published In: United States, 01 December 1999
The author refutes the widely held idea that addiction is involuntary, genetically determined, or a physical or mental illness. He offers convincing arguments that "addiction" is a decision made by someone in order to find meaning and purpose in life. He explains why public policies, based on the incorrect beliefs that addiction is a disease or involuntary behaviour, are ineffective and even encourage addiction by allowing people to feel powerless and demoralized about their inability to break the habit. The volume covers all types of addiction, from drugs and alcohol to gambling, smoking, and sex addiction.

Table of Contents

The Nature of Addiction; How the "Helpless" View of Addiction Hurts Addicts; Why Addiction is Not a Disease; Addiction Treatment Providers - Who They Are and What They Believe; Addiction and Spiritual Thinking; Addiction Ideology as a Cult; Selling Water by the River - The Project MATCH Cover-Up; Addiction Treatment and Free Speech; How to Help Addicts.

EAN: 9780812694048
ISBN: 081269404X
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 centimeters (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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