The disease model of addiction

A new documentary called “Curing Addiction” calls into question the idea that addiction is an incurable disease. It argues that the current treatment system has been set up for people to fail, telling addicts that they are hopelessly diseased for life when that is not the case. Similarly, this NPR column explores the notion that addiction is a disorder of choice, stating that “the distinctive hallmark of addiction is the fact that in addiction the normal interplay…between choice, value and preference breaks down.”

It’s an interesting question, and one that seems to be complicated by the powerful changes opiates like OxyContin make to the brain.


About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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