Ontrolled Drug Use: Is Addiction a Disease”?

One of the most controversial issues related to the substance-related disorders is whether or not someone with a substance-related disorder can ever learn to keep his or her drug or alcohol use under control. A related question is whether or not the individual with a substance-related disorder has a disease, which is the position of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In this weeks Application Assignment, you will address each of these related and controversial issues.


To prepare for this assignment:


a?Review the Chapter 10 material on substance-related disorders, paying particularly close attention to the sections entitled What Causes Substance-Related Disorders?and How Are Substance-Related Disorders Treated?”
a?Review the article, Controlled Drinking as an Appropriate Treatment Goal: A Critique of Current Approaches,paying particular attention to the discussion regarding controlled drinking as a treatment option versus abstinence.
a?Review the video program entitled Craving for Cocaineon the student Abnormal Psychology Video Tool Kit site and assess how it adds to your thinking about the two controversial questions framed in the Lead Insection.
a?Consider your current thinking about the two controversial issues introduced above: (1) Whether or not someone with a substance-related disorder can ever engage in controlled drug use and (2) Whether or not someone with a substance-related disorder has a disease.

The assignment:
a?Analyze these controversial issues, based on both your own experiences and your work with this weeks required Learning Resources. a ¦Present an argument for your stance with respect to the first controversial issue regarding substance-related disordersa is it possible for individuals with substance-related disorders, such as those who abuse alcohol, to moderate their drug use instead of taking the abstinence approach to treatment? Support your argument with evidence from this weeks required Learning Resources.
a ¦Present an argument for your stance with respect to the second controversial issuea namely, is a substance-related disorder a disease? Again, support your argument with evidence from this weeks required Learning Resources.


Corner, R.J. (2011). Fundamentals of abnormal psychology (6th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.
chapter 10

Article: Cloud, R. N., McKiernan, P., & Cooper, L. (2003). Controlled drinking as an appropriate treatment goal: A critique of current approaches. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 21(4), 67a 82.
Use the SOCIndex database to search for this article.