Why addiction is not a disease

The rehab revolution is definitely gathering momentum. Just read an interview in Vice with Marc Lewis, an ex-addict and neuroscientist who has written a new book called Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease.

He says that defining addicts as patients makes them passive, fatalistic and pessimistic and that the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. He cans the 12 step approach.

The book is still mainstream compared to my ideas; like working with what people got right on drugs, or creating altered states in recovery programs, but it’s great to see a book by an addiction professional who has actually been an addict. http://www.vice.com/en_us/read/this-neuroscientist-argues-that-addiction-is-not-a-disease-and-the-rehab-industry-is-bullshit?utm_source=vicefbus