Taking a Deeper Look at Addiction and Disease

addiction and disease

Last week NPR published an article titled, “’The Urge’ says calling addition a disease is misleading”, written by Jeevika Verma. This thought-provoking take on why we should reconsider classifying addiction as a disease seeks to encourage people to be more mindful about the language we choose when discussing addiction and recovery.

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In his new book, “The Urge: Our History of Addiction”, Dr. Carl Erik Fisher takes a deeper look at addiction, treatment, and the socio-cultural implications of who gets treatment and who does not. Fisher also explores his own struggles with addiction as well as the historical treatment of those who have and continue to battle with addiction.

You can read the NPR article here, as well as listen to the 7 minute interview with Dr. Carl Erik Fisher. Also be sure to check out his new book here.

What are your thoughts?

What are the benefits to classifying addiction as a disease? Do you agree with Dr. Fisher about being careful with the language we use surrounding addiction?


Verma, J. (2022, January 20). ‘The Urge’ says calling addiction a disease is misleading. NPR.