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Addiction as a Choice?

About the Course:

Normative thinking about addiction has traditionally been divided between, on the one hand, a medical model which sees addiction as a disease characterized by compulsive and relapsing drug use over which the addict has little or no control and, on the other, a moral model which sees addiction as a choice characterized by voluntary behavior under the control of the addict. Proponents of the former appeal to evidence showing that regular consumption of drugs causes persistent changes in the brain structures and functions known to be involved in the motivation of behavior. On this evidence, it is often concluded that becoming addicted involves a transition from voluntary, chosen drug use to non-voluntary compulsive drug use. Against this view, proponents of the moral model provide ample evidence that addictive drug use involves voluntarily chosen behavior. In this article, we argue that although they are right about something, both views are mistaken. We present a third model that neither rules out the view of addictive drug use as compulsive nor that it involves voluntarily chosen behavior.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Addiction as a Choice? created by Edmund Henden, PhD. and Stanton Peele, PhD in 2018.

Publication Date:

June 2018

Course Material Authors

Edmund Henden, PhD.

Edmund Henden is Professor of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Science at the Centre for the Study of Professions, Oslo and Akershus. His research interests are in the fields of Professional Ethics, Moral Psychology, Action Theory and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

Stanton Peele, PhD

Stanton Peele is a clinical psychologists who has worked in the addiction field for more than 40 years. He is an national and international presenter and has published more than 250 articles and books.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the philosophical and economic theory behind free will and addiction.

  2. Identify the current medical based theory of addiction and its pitfalls.

  3. Extrapolate that the vast majority of clients abstain from substances or reduce their use in natural recovery without any formal treatment.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

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2 credit hours

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

2 credit hours

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Addiction: choice or compulsion?

References begin on page 10.

People Control Their Addictions

References begin on page 100.

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Course Number 102450
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