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Addiction and ChoiceRethinking the relationship$
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Nick Heather and Gabriel Segal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.001.0001

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The blindfold of addiction

The blindfold of addiction

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(p.307) Chapter 17 The blindfold of addiction
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Addiction and Choice
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Beth Burgess

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0017

Addiction can be likened to a state of temporary blindness, wherein addicts are prevented from seeing how to make better choices by the deep-seated biological and psychological mechanisms that contribute to the formation of an addictive disorder. This chapter aims to provide readers with a deep appreciation of the physical and mental implications of an addiction, and offers advice on how best to understand and help someone whose decision-making is impaired by their disorder. The author argues that an addict’s choice to recover can only be realized if the treatment they receive is tailored to their problem and targets the susceptibilities, circumstances, cognitive and visceral biases, and co-occurring mental health concerns that seem to combine to cause addiction. The author offers specific tools and strategies to help remove the blindfold of addiction so that addicts can clearly see the path to recovery and become capable of making self-respecting, constructive choices.

Keywords:   addiction, addictive disorder, decision-making, susceptibilities, circumstances, mental health concerns, recovery

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