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ROUTLEDGE BOOK SYMPOSIUM AT NDSAG ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022

The ATN book (Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction) was the centerpiece for a symposium held at the Annual Conference of the New directions in the Study of Alcohol Group at London South Bank University on 9th June 2022. Chaired by one of the book’s editors, Matt Field, and introduced by another, Nick Heather, […]

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ATN Webinar: Addiction and the Brain - Knowledge, Beliefs and Ethical Considerations

Featuring:  Matilda Hellman, Michael Egerer, Syaron Basnet, & Doris Ochterbeck When: 13 June 2022 Full webinar now available at: Addiction and the Brain - Knowledge, Beliefs and Ethical Considerations Please forward this advertisement to interested colleagues and friends. Event description:  This ATN webinar interrogates the consequences of brain-centric explanations of addiction and how these shape our […]

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ATN Webinar: Finding the meaning of addiction - Is it in the eye of the beholder?

Featuring:  Stanton Peele When: 17 May 2022 Full webinar video now available at: ATN Webinar Stanton Peele Finding the meaning of addiction Is it in the eye of the beholder? Event description:  This Addiction Theory Network webinar interrogates ways in which addictive beliefs and behaviour are inextricably connected to individual and cultural meanings, especially with regards […]

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Webinar: Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. And Then What?

ATN Webinar: Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. And Then What? Featuring:  Bruce K. Alexander When? 19/04/2022; 1600-1730 Edinburgh; 0800 Vancouver; 1100 New York; 1700 Paris Update: Full webinar video now available at ATN Webinar featuring Bruce Alexander Retiring the Brain Disease Model of Addiction BDMA And Then The free event will be held via […]

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Addiction and the Brain: Development, Not Disease

A paper by Marc Lewis, 2016 "[This analysis] also highlights neural and behavioral parallels between substance addictions, behavioral addictions, normative compulsive behaviors, and falling in love." M. Lewis Abstract "I review the brain disease model of addiction promoted by medical, scientific, and clinical authorities in the US and elsewhere. I then show that the disease […]

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Q: Is Addiction a Brain Disease or a Moral Failing? A: Neither

A paper by Nick Heather, 2016 "The article concludes by enthusiastically endorsing [Marc] Lewis’ call for a third stage in the governing image of addiction." N. Heather Abstract "This article uses Marc Lewis’ work as a springboard to discuss the socio-political context of the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA). The claim that promotion of […]

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Free Will, Black Swans and Addiction

A paper by Ted Fenton & Reinout Wiers, 2016 "... most cases of addiction come as geese in different shades of gray." T. Fenton & R Wiers Abstract "The current dominant perspective on addiction as a brain disease has been challenged recently by Marc Lewis, who argued that the brain-changes related to addiction are similar […]

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ATN Webinar: Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA)

Featuring:  Nick Heather, Matt Field, Antony C. Moss, & Sally Satel Update: Full webinar video now available at ATN Webinar Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction 3/15/2022 Meeting Recording When? 15/03/2022; 1300-1430 UK time For local time see:  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html The event will be held via MS Teams.  Those interested in attending must contact Derek Heim at […]

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Is addiction science undergoing a paradigm shift?

By Nick Heather PhDDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, UK In this post I assume that a radical transformation is currently occurring in addiction science and suggest the possibility that this might been seen as a Kuhnian ‘paradigm shift’. The puzzle of addiction is that people labelled as addicts persist […]

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