The Addiction Concept:
Working Hypothesis or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
Glenn D. Walters
Admitting to an addiction has long been touted as the first step to recovery. But for
those who are actually struggling with compulsive behavior, admitting to an addiction
is admitting in part to defeat and failure, and succumbing to a permanent label from
which they are never truly freed -- "once an addict, always an addict." This book
explores the addiction concept, and how, in some instances, replacing it with alternative
avenues of therapy can mean the difference between enervation and empowerment for many
individuals. This book explores the logical, empirical, and practical limitations of the
addiction concept, its primary elements, and the models to which it has given birth. It
provides readers with an objective appraisal of the addiction concept, presents an
alternative capable of explaining addictive behavior and offers viable avenues of
therapeutic intervention. Psychologists, addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors,
and behavioral therapists.