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Addiction
Author: Gene M. Heyman

ISBN: 9780674057272
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 30 September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9 x 1.3
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In a book sure to inspire controversy, Gene Heyman argues that conventional wisdom about addiction--that it is a disease, a compulsion beyond conscious control--is wrong.

Drawing on psychiatric epidemiology, addicts' autobiographies, treatment studies, and advances in behavioral economics, Heyman makes a powerful case that addiction is voluntary. He shows that drug use, like all choices, is influenced by preferences and goals. But just as there are successful dieters, there are successful ex-addicts. In fact, addiction is the psychiatric disorder with the highest rate of recovery. But what ends an addiction?

At the heart of Heyman's analysis is a startling view of choice and motivation that applies to all choices, not just the choice to use drugs. The conditions that promote quitting a drug addiction include new information, cultural values, and, of course, the costs and benefits of further drug use. Most of us avoid becoming drug dependent, not because we are especially rational, but because we loathe the idea of being an addict.

Heyman's analysis of well-established but frequently ignored research leads to unexpected insights into how we m...

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