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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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Willing addicts? Drinkers, dandies, druggies, and other Dionysians

Willing addicts? Drinkers, dandies, druggies, and other Dionysians

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(p.66) Chapter 4 Willing addicts? Drinkers, dandies, druggies, and other Dionysians
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Addiction and Choice
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Owen Flanagan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0004

A willing addict is one who reflectively endorses their addiction. Some say that there are no willing addicts, only unwilling addicts who are trying to stop but not succeeding, or resigned addicts who are so demoralized they have stopped trying to stop. Willing addiction reminds us that addiction is a phenomenon that involves a person-with-a-lifestyle-inside-an-ecology, that there are good-making features of using even addictively, and that addiction involves many of the same complex, negotiated features (experiential, personal, interpersonal, structural, and cultural) of other person-level lifestyle choices. Willing addiction shows that concepts such as choice, voluntariness, and reflective endorsement have a place in the psychology and phenomenology of addiction. There are implications for the psych-bio-politics of addiction and for the implausible idea that addiction is a brain disorder. Addiction is not a brain disorder, although certain aspects or features of addiction involve brain disorders.

Keywords:   addiction, brain disorder, resigned addicts, unwilling addicts, willing addicts

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