Is It the Drug? Rethinking Conventional Views of Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Is It the Drug? Rethinking Conventional Views of Substance U...

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The disease model of drug addiction takes the view that the addict’s brain has been “hijacked” — that the addict has lost autonomy and self-control and has effectively become a zombie who is controlled by the drug. This model of understanding nonmedical drug use informs modern public policy, leading to policies that criminalize drug use and treat addicts with punishment and coerced treatment. Yet many scholars and experts reject this disease mode...Read More
The disease model of drug addiction takes the view that the addict’s brain has been “hijac...Read More