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Bewitched, Bedevilled, Possessed, Addicted

“Burning accused witches during the witch hunts may thus be compared to destroying confiscated whisky during Prohibition”
— Thomas Szasz.[1]

In this presentation I will expose you to a way of thinking that tries to work toward a completely different scientific understanding of a behaviour that is now lumped under one vague definition, addiction. In cases of ‘addiction’ to drugs and alcohol, the substance is seen as the cause of the behaviour we call addiction.

Blue Light Blues

The Use of Coloured Lights as a Deterrent to Injecting

Book Review: Crack In America Demon Drugs and Social Justice

Crack in America is the definitive book on crack cocaine. In reinterpreting the crack story, it offers new understandings of both drug addiction and drug prohibition. It shows how crack use arose in the face of growing unemployment, poverty, racism, and shrinking social services. It places crack in its historical context—as the latest in a long line of demonized drugs—and it examines the crack scare as a phenomenon in its own right.

Book Review: If Prison Is the Disease, Not the Cure, How Do You Treat It?

Ernest Drucker
Dan Froomkin

The breathtaking premise of Ernest Drucker's new book is that mass incarceration is an epidemic ravaging the country -- not a solution to a problem, but a problem in itself.

Book Review: The Globalisation of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit

Bruce K. Alexander
Ed Day, Senior Lecturer in Addiction Psychiatry

Several years ago I was asked to participate in a Royal College of Psychiatrists’ debate for young people. I was proposing the motion that ‘we are all a nation of addicts’, and a show of hands before the debate started revealed a strong majority in my favour. Unfortunately, an articulate description of the ICD–10 definitions of dependence by the opposition allowed the audience to re-evaluate their excesses as falling below the ‘addictive’ threshold defined by scientific medicine, and the motion was soundly defeated.