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Indeed, not really a brain disorder: Implications for reductionist accounts of addiction

  • Matt Field (a1), Nick Heather (a2) and Reinout W. Wiers (a3)

Abstract

Borsboom et al.’s formulation provides an opportunity for a fundamental rethink about the “brain disease model” of addiction that dominates research, treatment, policy, and lay understanding of addiction. We also demonstrate how the American opioid crisis provides a contemporary example of how “brain disease” is not moderated by the environmental context but is instead crucially dependent upon it.

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