Author Archives: Nicholas Grant Boeving

About Nicholas Grant Boeving

Nicholas Boeving is an independent scholar whose research interests include the psychology of religion, new religious movements, and comparative addictionology. He would like to thank Ann Gleig and Claire Villareal for their support and insight in the process of writing this article.

Is Addiction Really a Disease? A Challenge to Twelve-Step Programs

For most of America, having a disease means having a foreign body assume residence in the biological tissue, multiplying itself and attacking the surrounding healthy tissue. This idea is a direct result of the discovery of microscopy and the bacterial origin of many afflictions. The metaphor here is war, and all good doctors are on the front lines, battling leukemia, eradicating AIDS and other serious illnesses. Sometimes we cause the war ourselves and sometimes we are simply invaded. But where is the infection in addiction? To what can we actually point?

Posted in 2011, 26.4 Fall 2011, NSP | Tagged , , | 10 Comments