Addiction Doesn’t Exist, But it is Bad for You

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Journal Article

© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. There is a debate about the nature of addiction, whether it is a result of brain damage, brain dysfunction, or normal brain changes that result from habit acquisition, and about whether it is a disease. I argue that the debate about whether addiction is a disease is much ado about nothing, since all parties agree it is “unquestionably destructive.” Furthermore, the term ‘addiction’ has disappeared from recent DSM’s in favor of a spectrum of ‘abuse’ disorders. This may be a good thing indicating more nuance in typing the heterogeneous phenomena we used to call ‘addiction’.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Flanagan, O

Published Date

  • April 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 98

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1874-5504

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1874-5490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12152-016-9298-z

Citation Source

  • Scopus