Addiction Is a Choice

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Written for both lay and professional readers, this book offers new approaches to understanding addiction and the public policies necessary to successfully battle its detrimental effects on society. The author explains why current policies are ineffective and how they fail to cure the "problem." He argues that they actually encourage addiction by allowing people to feel blameless for the consequences of their choices.

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Overview

Written for both lay and professional readers, this book offers new approaches to understanding addiction and the public policies necessary to successfully battle its detrimental effects on society. The author explains why current policies are ineffective and how they fail to cure the "problem." He argues that they actually encourage addiction by allowing people to feel blameless for the consequences of their choices.

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Morris Chafetz
This is indeed a rare book. Schaler has produced a unique, masterly work which explains addiction from a revelatory perspective. The reader can learn how the controversial area of addiction can be looked at and understood in a new light. (Morris Chafetz, M.D., Founding Director, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
Joseph Gerstein
Joseph Gerstein, M.D., F.A.C.P., Harvard Medical School

Herein, Dr. Schaler drives a stake into the heart of the `disease' concept of addictions. Millions of people have stopped smoking, abusing mind-altering drugs, and drinking addictively on their own, without the intervention of counselors or doctors or programs. Dr. Schaler explains persuasively why and how this happens, despite all the genetic and hormonal predispositions.
Herbert Fingarette
Herbert Fingarette, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Schaler has a hard-hitting, no-nonsense style which for me made Addiction Is a Choice a clear and fascinating read. The wealth of information and fresh insights reflect the writer's career as scholar-teacher-therapist, and especially his many years of research and practical work in the addiction field. The book dispels many myths about addiction and should provide liberating insights to the afflicted. It deserves to have a major impact on the way we think and act in our dealings with addictions.
Thomas Szasz
Thomas Szasz, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse

Addiction Is a Choice is a powerful antidote against the twin poisons of anti-drug propaganda and drug prohibition.
Jim Powell
Jim Powell, Editor of LaissezFaire Books and Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute

A dramatic affirmation of individual responsibility. . . . An explosive book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812694048
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,009,787
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author ix
Preface xi
Introduction xiii
1. Two Ways of Looking at Addiction 1
2. Is Addiction Really a Disease? 11
3. Do Drug Addicts Lose It? 21
4. How Beliefs Affect Reality 37
5. Where the Disease Model Came From 47
6. Smoking Right and Responsibility 57
7. Who Are the Addiction Treatment Providers? 61
8. Busting the Disease-Model Cult 83
9. The Project MATCH Cover-Up 95
10. Moderation Management and Murder 107
11. Thinking Differently about Addiction 115
12. Addiction Treatment and the First Amendment 131
13. What to Do about Drugs 139
Bibliography 147
Index 171
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    If he only knew!

    While I do wish that addiction is a choice, I know first-hand that it is anything but. For years I lived with an alcoholic parent and thought much like Jeffrey A. Schaler. I hated my parent's drinking and thought that she had a choice, if she wanted to she would stop, but she never did. It wasn't until I had ruined my life and realized that I was an alcoholic and a drug addict that I knew it was not a choice. I never in my entire life chose to or even wanted to become an addict. I never wanted to hurt my family, everyone I loved! I tried to quit; tried everything in my power but somehow before I even realized it I was right back where I started or even worse. Then with the help of my family and Alcoholics Anonymous I finally did it. I've been clean and sober for a year now and still going strong. I do admit that now that my head is cleared up and I have learned the tools of recovery through A.A., today it IS my choice to pick up and use again. However, until I came into A.A. I had no choice! With that I say, if he (Jeffrey A. Schaler) only knew! If he had been in my shoes or any other addict's shoes, would he still beleive Addiction Is a Choice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    He really needs to rethink this

    I agree with Dr. Schaler that Addiction is a choice. However, this book rather than proving this thesis is merely a diatribe against AA. I found much of his research to be questionable. His belief alcoholics can be taught to be moderate drinkers remain that way totally overlooks that fact most, if not all, alcoholics have tried this approach and failed. I also could not help but notice that all of the reviewers listed on the book jacket are also the researchers he quotes extensively. When you read this book you really need to question all of his premises to see if they hold up and, many won't. He needs to do some more research and prove his thesis rather than just write a diatribe against organizations that have helped many people. I do not feel that there is anything in this book that would be helpful to anyone.

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