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dc.contributor.supervisor Brown, Bryson
dc.contributor.author Wilcox, Sean
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-07T20:12:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-07T20:12:49Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4600
dc.description.abstract How addiction is conceived has important practical implications for how addicts are to be treated. This paper argues that we have a horrible concept of addiction and that has led to horrible treatment results. Examining this concept’s history will show that its main components (especially the brain disease view and the loss of control hypotheses) were invented or assumed by social reformers about 200 years ago, and that they do not map onto the physical world in a rich and systematic fashion. Science has been used to promote these assumptions instead of ever substantively establishing them. There are treatment methods that have been shown to be effective, but these are rarely employed in standard practice. Instead, addicts are provided with interventions that have been shown to be ineffective. Continuing to offer addicts treatment modalities that do not work when there are interventions with proven efficacy, is medical malpractice. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Philosophy en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject addiction medicine en_US
dc.subject addicts en_US
dc.subject co-morbid disorders en_US
dc.subject evidence based treatment en_US
dc.subject mutual support organizations en_US
dc.title Addiction, treatment, and evidence-based medicine en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0422 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0382 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0585 en_US
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dc.embargo No en_US


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