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The myth of the drug-habit: defining addiction as a disease

Singer, Bryan (2016). The myth of the drug-habit: defining addiction as a disease. In: Newton, David ed. Youth Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook. Contemporary World Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, pp. 158–163.

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Abstract

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines disease as "a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally" and addiction as a "compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance" (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 2016). In contrast, depression is "a seriosu medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way." The dictionary makes it clear that depression is a disease. Concerning addiction, it's a bit ambiguous, even though drug abuse prevents the "body or mind from working normally." We need to stop talking about drug abuse as simply a bad habit, and instead start discussing how to treat and prevent addiction as an illness.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 ABC-CLIO LLC
ISBN: 1-4408-3982-4, 978-1-4408-3982-5
Keywords: substance abuse
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 50842
Depositing User: Bryan Singer
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50842
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