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Addiction: a disorder of choice?

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Addiction is a choice, not a compulsion beyond conscious control, according to Dr. Gene M. Heyman. In his new book "Addiction: A Disorder of Choice", Heyman argues that drug use, like many other life choices, is influenced by preferences and goals. He explores the motivation behind quitting and furthering drug use. Heyman maintains the decision making process behind using drugs is similar to how people make other life choices. Larry Mantle talks with guests and listeners about the nature of addiction.

Dr. Gene M. Heyman, author of "Addiction: A Disorder of Choice" (Harvard University Press). He is a research psychologist at McLean Hospital and a lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Larissa Mooney, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and a board certified addiction psychiatrist

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