Is Addiction Just a Matter of Choice?

Watching TV, you'd think the whole country is addicted to something: drugs, food, gambling — even sex or shopping. "The United States has elevated addiction to a national icon. It's our symbol, it's our excuse," says Stanton Peele, author of The Diseasing of America. There are conflicting views about addiction and popular treatments. So, we talked with researchers, psychologists and "addicts" and asked them: Is addiction a choice? Publicity about addiction suggests it is a disease so powerful...Full Story
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