The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the western world have branded addiction a brain disease but in the biology of desire cognitive neuroscientist and former addict marc lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. I found the biology of desire to be a powerful enlightening and interesting read that gave me a good understanding of addiction how the brain works why it changes and why addiction should not be considered a disease. His new book the biology of desire why addiction is not a disease argues that considering addiction as a disease is not only wrong but also harmful rather he argues addiction is a . Q why does the biology of desire assume importance over your subtitle addiction is not a disease a basically most of our attention is committed to achieving the goal not to the goal in and of itself its all about the drive to get to the pot of gold at the end not the pot itself. The biology of desire says a lot about the brain mechanisms underpinning addiction but to its credit does not stop there with minor exceptions we do not help addicts and they do not help themselves by ministering directly to their brains
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