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|About the Author||ix|
|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|
Posted August 21, 2003
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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Posted January 12, 2001
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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