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Options for treating addiction

Addiction is often seen as a chronic disease, but some long-term studies suggest it can be viewed as a temporary coping problem instead. Bruce Bower presented this alternative view in “The addiction paradox” (SN: 3/22/14, p. 16).

“A nice job by Bruce Bower, as usual. I don’t think it helps when researchers dichotomize conditions as behavioral or biological. Heart disease and diabetes are biological conditions, but they can be ameliorated by behavioral changes involving diet and exercise,” noted William Check in an e-mail. “Life circumstances make a difference. It seems to me that a menu of treatment options — or nontreatment — makes the most sense.”

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