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One model to rule them all? Governing images in the shadowof the disease model of addiction
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1757-9974
2018 (English)In: Drug and Alcohol Review, ISSN 0959-5236, E-ISSN 1465-3362, Vol. 37, no 6, p. 726-728Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Treatment providers demonstrate a quite strong support for a disease model of addiction, particularly so in the United States. However, conceptions vary and the problems may be perceived as primarily a disease, moral or social problems, or a combination of these (Barnett et al. in press). This commentary discusses the ongoing and dynamic process of defining addiction problems and notes that non-medical perspectives often appear in the shadow of and tend to oppose the disease model that stands quite inviolable – i.e., like the One Ring to rule them all by citing The Lord of the Rings. Recent changes in the Swedish Addiction treatment system, well known for its social perspective on the nature and handling of addiction problems, are highlighted to demonstrate that the world may be changing, or not. It is argued that there cannot be just one model. 

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2018. Vol. 37, no 6, p. 726-728
Keywords [sv]
Addiction, attitudes of health personnel, medicalization, brain disease, non-medical model
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156133DOI: 10.1111/dar.12706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156133DiVA, id: diva2:1202995
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Individens ställning i missbruks- och beroendevården – en studie av brukarinflytande i praktiken
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-01006Available from: 2018-05-02 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-09-21

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