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Written for both lay and professional listeners, this book offers new approaches to understanding addiction and the public policies necessary to successfully battle its detrimental effects on society. The author explains why current policies are ineffective and how they fail to cure the "problem". He argues that they actually encourage addiction by allowing people to feel blameless for the consequences of their choices.

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"Addiction Is a Choice is a powerful antidote against the twin poisons of anti-drug propaganda and drug prohibition. (Thomas Szasz, M.D., SUNY Health Science Center)
"Schaler's... suggestions for changes in public policy and for individual change demand consideration." ( Kirkus Reviews)
A unique, masterly work. The reader can learn how the controversial area of addiction can be looked at and understood in a new light. (Morris Chafetz, M.D., National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

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The best books are those that tell you what you already know

A very well-written and highly convincing articulation of what most of us already know deep down: all behaviors are choices, even difficult, destructive and unpleasant ones.

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  • 05-01-17

some interesting points

Thought provoking disagree with some of the content could be misleading for people struggling with addiction being part of an AA group has far greater successful outcome of over coming addiction this book seems to undermine the true benefits of AA recovery and tries to portray the science of addiction which has not been that successful ask any psychotherapy or psychiatric proffesional how successful have they been in treating addiction compared with AA success rate.

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