Why Addiction is not a Disease – Interview with Marc Lewis
This week on the Confident Mind I talk with Marc Lewis about his new book “The Biology of Desire“. Marc is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands.
The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease, has already stirred controversy among addicts, their families, and treatment providers. Lewis claims that the scientific facts don’t support the disease model of addiction. Rather, addiction, like romantic love, develops through accelerated learning. Combining scientific views with intimate biographies of addicts who recovered, the book also shows how addiction can be overcome, through self-directed change in one’s goals and perspectives.
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