The blog Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, written by Marc Lewis, the author of the book of the same name, has a great post about the metaphors we use to describe addiction. The degree to which our metaphors miss the mark explains much about the confusion around the defintion of "addiction" in our culture. From the post:
The way we see our addicted selves or our addicted loved ones is going to determine which model rings true. So experience is going to play a crucial role in how we define addiction. Consequently, I can say that my “learning” model is the most plausible, I can say that it fits best with cognitive science and brain science, but I can’t say that the alternative models are meaningless. They can do a great deal of good, or a great deal of harm, depending on how they’re used.
The author is going to follow-up this post with a couple more, so be on the look out. Judging by the first post I'm sure they'll be worth it. Read this post and the others at Memoirs of an Addicted Brain.
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