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Addiction Is a Choice
     

Addiction Is a Choice

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by Jeffrey Schaler
 

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Politicians and the media tell us that people who take drugs, including alcohol or nicotine, cannot help themselves. They are supposedly victims of the disease of 'addiciton', and they need 'treatment'. The same goes for sex addicts, shopping addicts, food addicts, gambling addicts, or even addicts to abusive relationships.

This theory, which grew out of the

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Politicians and the media tell us that people who take drugs, including alcohol or nicotine, cannot help themselves. They are supposedly victims of the disease of 'addiciton', and they need 'treatment'. The same goes for sex addicts, shopping addicts, food addicts, gambling addicts, or even addicts to abusive relationships.

This theory, which grew out of the Temperance movement and was developed and disseminated by the religious cult known as Alcoholics Anonymous, has not been confirmed by any factual research. Numerous scientific studies show that 'addicts' are in control of their behavior.

Contrary to the shrill, mindless propaganda of the 'war on drugs', very few of the people who use alcohol, marijuana, heroin, or cocaine will ever become 'addicted', and of those who do become heavy drug users, most will matrue out of it in time, without treatment. Research indicates that 'treatment' is completely ineffective, an absolute waste of time and money.

Instead of looking at drub addiction as a disease, Dr. Schaler proposes that we view it as willful commitment or dedication, akin to joining a religion or pursuing a romantic involvement. While heavy consumption of drugs is often foolish and self-destructive, it is a matter of personal choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812697681
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
616 KB

What People are Saying About This

Jim Powell
Jim Powell, Editor of LaissezFaire Books and Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute

A dramatic affirmation of individual responsibility. . . . An explosive book.
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.
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.
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.
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)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Schaler is the editor of Smoking: Who Has the Right? He lives in Erdenheim, PA.

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Addiction Is a Choice 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.