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Addiction Is a Choice

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Written for both lay and professional readers, this book offers new approaches to understanding addiction and the public policies necessary to successfully battle its detrimental effects on society. The author explains why current policies are ineffective and how they fail to cure the "problem." He argues that they actually encourage addiction by allowing people to feel bl ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 21st 1999 by Open Court
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Deborah Carroll
Very good for the most part; discusses well points of science and deeper psychological reasons for substance misuse/abuse/use. Extensive bibliography...not "moralizing", not preachy...actually very empowering vs the "helpless" disease model. Most of the book is great outlay of information, great discussion, and a chapter or two has a tone of "ax to grind", but the whole text flows well and is easy to understand, I would guess, for just about anyone.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book is it, "breaks the religious/disease model, (1930's Buchmanism/Oxford Groups)."

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Chapter 8, "Busting the Disease Model Cult," begins, "Members of a cult behave like a colony of insects when disturbed. A challenge to the cult's beliefs stirs up a frenzy of activity, directed toward protecting the beliefs and attacking the outsider who has challenged them."

Dr. Schaler calls Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) a religious cult. He writes: "Alexande
Lauren Klinger
Dec 28, 2007 Lauren Klinger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: open-minded people who give a damn about mental health and addiction
I took this guy's class when I was at American University. It, and he, changed my life. Haha, that makes it sound like I'm an addict or something! No no, he just changed the way I thought about addiction, public policy, health care, mental health....
The book isn't a pageturner but I would say it is a must-read for anyone who is interested in addiction or mental health.
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