Debra J. Saunders

I have no doubt that Kerlikowske believes in treatment. I know people who entered programs that helped free them from the bonds of self-destruction. But I am skeptical about the efficacy of a wholesale expansion of drug treatment programs -- especially the addicts-cannot-help-it kind. For one thing, addicts have to want to get clean in order to get clean.

"Who is the world's biggest believer that addiction is not a disease?" asked Caplan. "Alcoholics Anonymous, which has 'a volitional orientation.'"


Debra J. Saunders


 
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