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Books, Journals, New Media
January 7, 2004

Addiction Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(1):112-113. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.112-b

Principles of Addiction Medicine, published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is interesting not only for its comprehensive, hands-on approach to the treatment of substance abuse but also because the existence of ASAM and its textbook remind us of the dualism that runs throughout the field of addiction medicine.

One source of this dualism is the perspective that substance dependence is a moral disease. This moralism sets up a battle between good drugs and bad drugs, good patients and bad patients, unimpaired providers and recovered providers.