In the Mail: Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice

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What is the nature of addiction? Neither of the two dominant models (disease or choice) adequately accounts for the experience of those who are addicted or of those who are seeking to help them.

In this interdisciplinary work, Kent Dunnington brings the neglected resources of philosophical and theological analysis to bear on the problem of addiction. Drawing on the insights of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, he formulates an alternative to the usual reductionistic models.

Going further, Dunnington maintains that addiction is not just a problem facing individuals. Its pervasiveness sheds prophetic light on our cultural moment. Moving beyond issues of individual treatment, this groundbreaking study also outlines significant implications for ministry within the local church context.

Looks like a great book.

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One Reply to “In the Mail: Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice”

  1. Having been Pastor of Teen Challenge for almost 2 years, I can tell you first hand that addiction is of the devil. While I of course think it’s personal choice to try the drug, it’s not a choice to be addicted. But, some drugs (like heroin which is HUGE thanks to our war in Afghanistan), are addictive almost immediately. I think it’s a combination of foolishness and pride. People (especially those under 30) think they’re invincible and say “well, I won’t get addicted”…but when you are with a 55 yr old man, who has to inject heroin into his scrotum because every other spot on his body is used up, and they are STILL defiant, you see things very differently. We had one guy, who was a male prostitute, had HIV, was addicted to crack, heroin and meth, but he wanted out..of everything. He had the worst withdrawals I’ve ever seen from heroin. The other guys tied him down to the bed so he woudnt’t run away, but he lived through it. I’ve never seen withdrawals from meth or cocaine though. He told me leaving the gay lifestyle was worse than any heroin addiction, but I just got an email, that he’s getting married to a woman in January!

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