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Development, not recovery: Why addiction is not a disease.

Jul 18 2015

If you call it a disease, that means addicts are patients. If you're a patient, you do what you're told. You're not an authority on your own life anymore. A really important factor in overcoming addiction is empowerment - getting yourself in hand, and recognizing that you're responsible for your own behavior.

Neuroscientist Marc Lewis challenges the disease model of understanding addiction - as well as the money-making industries propping it up - and proposes a new framework for understanding addiction based on neuroplasticity, psychology and personal development.

Marc is author of the new Public Affairs Books release The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.

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Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands.


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