‘Addiction: What Is It And Who Cares?’ – Dr. Arri Eisen (Biology)
What is addiction? Is it a disease? If so, what causes it? Why can you and I both have the same exposure to the same drug or experience at the same time, and I become addicted and you don’t? Is there a difference between substance addictions—alcohol, nicotine, cocaine—and non-substance addictions—sex, gambling, shopping? Everyone’s got an opinion on these questions: geneticists, sociologists, rehab specialists, economists, neuroscientists, anthropologists. Who’s right?