Archives for February, 2011

Addiction

I Don’t Treat THOSE People

In my last post I described why addiction is best considered a disease or medical illness, showing that the characteristics of addiction that are similar to those of other chronic diseases. The fact that addiction is a disease is no revelation to anyone who works in the field, yet there seems to be a collective blind spot among physicians when it comes to treating addiction like other diseases.
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Addiction

By The Book: Treating Addiction As a Disease

As we take on the issue of treating addiction as a disease, it is only fair that we first make certain that addiction does in fact meet that definition. Using the definition of disease from the World English Dictionary, disease is an impairment of normal physiological function affecting all or part of an organism, producing characteristic symptoms.

From Miriam Webster's Medical Dictionary, disease is an impairment of the normal state...
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Addiction

Is Addiction REALLY A Disease?

I would like to lay out a road map for the next few posts.  I would like to write about several issues that relate in some way to the ‘disease theory of addiction.’  I want to explain why addiction is best considered a ‘disease;’ something that most people who work in the addiction field consider to be a fact, not a theory.

From there I would like to point out the differences...
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Addiction

Too Tired

I haven’t felt like writing for the past few days.  The wind was taken out of my sails a few days ago, when a patient’s mother called to tell me that her son died from a drug overdose.  She told me to use the information in any way that I could, in order to keep someone else from dying.

I have had several patients—all young men—who eventually died from their addictions.  Each...
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