Drug Addiction

For too long, medicine has been dominated by an abstinence-only model - Carl Erik Fisher MD

Drug Addiction

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The notion that drug addiction is a brain disease has become axiomatic. Around the globe aspiring health professionals treating substance abuse are indoctrinated with this belief, especially after the idea became popular in the 1990s. Its popularity extends far beyond the hallowed halls of academia...

Many addiction researchers begin with the assumption that this condition is a brain disease. Yet there are virtually no data in humans indicating that addiction is a brain disease in the way that, for instance, Huntington’s or Parkinson’s are brain diseases...

Research has now shown repeatedly that alternative reinforcers can be used effectively to treat substance-use disorders.…

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