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Alcoholism: A Matter of Choice

A Twenty-First Century View of Addiction

by Jim Hewitt

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Published by Schenkman Books .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Substance Abuse & Addictions - General,
  • Alcoholism (Psychiatric Aspects),
  • Psychology,
  • Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism,
  • Compulsive behavior,
  • Psychopathology - Addiction,
  • Alcoholism

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8343567M
    ISBN 100870471074
    ISBN 109780870471070

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you’ll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of keeping it in the shadows. Addiction is a major public health crisis, and it needs to be talked. “A Short Alternative Medical Dictionary Definitions courtesy of Dr Lemuel Pillmeister (also known as Lemmy) Addiction - When you can give up something any time, as long as it's next Tuesday. Cocaine - Peruvian Marching Powder. A stimulant that has the extraordinary effect that the more you do, the more you laugh out of context.

    Alcohol dependent individuals perform worse than controls on tests of neurocognitive functions. For example, persons with a history of alcohol dependence display disadvantageous decision making compared with persons without substance dependence (Bechara et al., ).Also, diminished executive functions, that is, self-regulatory functions necessary for goal-directed behavior, have been found.   The debate whether addiction is a choice or a disease is still ongoing, but there now exists much evidence that addiction is not a choice but rather a disease. Saying addiction is a choice is really putting moral blame at the foot of individuals who are affected by addiction. We feel this is unhelpful and often hurtful.

      For more than years, alcoholism has been viewed as a disease. This framing has created barriers to diagnosing, treating and even understanding the condition, one psychologist argues.   We all know addiction is a disease. It has been so classified by all the authoritative sources. The American Medical Association labeled alcoholism an “illness” back in


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Alcoholism: A Matter of Choice by Jim Hewitt Download PDF EPUB FB2

Research psychologist Gene Heyman says no. Addiction, he says in a provocative new book, is a choice, or a series of choices. It is, he says, voluntary.

Most. Addiction Addiction: A Matter of Choice. High levels of dopamine take the freedom out of free choice. Posted   With some, it may encourage helplessness and their sense of responsibility. Whether the belief is that it is a brain disease or a choice, the addict must take steps to control and stop the addiction.

If addiction is a disease, it can be compared to other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. This book is short in absolute terms (well short of pages) but at times it takes a sufficiently slow pace in order to present data and facts as tightly as possible, so as to convince the reader that: drug addiction is a matter of the individual making ultimately irrational and harmful deicisions based on a mode of thinking that does not Cited by: Some Agreement I’ve Found From Addiction Researchers (added 6/10/14) I began working out my understanding of the brain disease model back in as I started working on a book about addiction; published this article in ; and was happy to find in when I went back to work with Baldwin Research that they had arrived at a similar conclusion.

No matter what the activity, whether cerebral or simply athletic, all have found "better things to do than drugs." Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, by. In fact, some researchers cite experiments that they say prove that addiction is a matter of choice. In Canada, researchers gave rats held in two different environments a choice.

Research has shown that alcoholism is a choice, not a disease, and stripping alcohol abusers of their choice, by applying the disease concept, is a threat to the health of the individual.

The disease concept oozes into every crevice of our society perpetuating harmful misinformation that hurts the very people it was intended to help. In a book sure to inspire controversy, Gene Heyman argues that conventional wisdom about addiction -- that it is a disease, a compulsion beyond conscious control -- is wrong.

At the heart of Heyman's analysis is a startling view of choice and motivation that applies to all choices, not just the choice to use drugs. Heyman's analysis of well-established but frequently ignored research leads to.

In the early phase of addiction, using drugs and alcohol can simply be fun; or it can be a form of self-medication that quells persistent self-loathing, anxiety, alienation, and loneliness.

Drug or alcohol addiction is not a disease, says Harvard psychologist, but a matter of free will. The title of your new book, Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, is more or less self-explanatory.

Get this from a library. Alcoholism: a matter of choice: a twenty-first century view of addiction. [Jim Hewitt] -- In the flood of books and papers about alcoholism published since the s, no one has successfully explained the origin of alcoholic or addictive behavior.

By applying modern psychological and. But, everyone has a choice to take that first drink, or pop that first pill. And, every day, people make the choice to stop.” The Heavy Weight of Public Opinion. When it’s all said and done, the addiction debate rages on among policy makers, physicians and the public.

No matter which side you take in the end, it’s clear that something has. This book is in opposition of the disease model of addiction.

In "Addiction is a Choice" r presents a common sense approach to addiction. He does so in a scientific manner, citing various studies throughout. It's my belief that this book, when partnered with the right therapist or other support system, can serve as a source of s: physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alco-holic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. When Heyman says that addiction is a disorder of choice — this is the title of his book, Addiction: A Disorder of Choice — he does not mean that.

My book Addiction Is a Choice was criticized in a recent review in a British scholarly journal of addiction studies because it states the obvious (Davidson, ). According to the reviewer, everyone in the addiction field now knows that addiction is a choice and not a disease, and I am, therefore, "violently pushing against a door which was.

This means that an "explanation" of addiction as a function of free will, willpower, or an ultimately personal choice (see quote above) is a patent evasion of any factual account of how the voluntary choice to use addictive substances actually arises.

And Schaler’s book is a litany of such evasion, despite his occasional lip service to science. Heredity and Alcoholism. While children of alcoholics have a twofold to fourfold increased chance of struggling with alcohol abuse later in life, a survey in found that fewer than half of them actually developed alcohol use disorder.

This could be explained, in part, by not inheriting the genes for alcoholism, or it could be explained by the environment that led to a specific expression. Then came the idea that addiction is a disease: a medical illness like tuberculosis, diabetes or Alzheimer's disease.

That meant that people with addictions weren't bad, they were sick. Whether addiction is a disease, a brain injury, a mental illness or a choice, no amount of yelling, nagging, pleading, cajoling, rewarding, or controlling, will help. In order for someone to want to change, there must be consequences.

My True Story of Alcoholism, Addiction and the Choice to Live By Amy read books written by people who understand what it’s like to live in my skin, and write spirals full of self-reflection.This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it – this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.” p This one is a perfect description of when the obsession of the drink enthralls you.

Even if we are good people, we still can’t drink “normally,” no matter .