Several recent books have attempted to refute the disease model of addiction over the last few years. (See here, here, here and here for some examples.)
All of these books cite Bruce Alexander’s “rat park” experiments as important evidence that addiction is not a brain disease.
If you’ve ever been curious about Bruce Alexander, here’s your chance to watch a talk he gave earlier this year.
Is the disease model really in doubt?
I believe that there is no serious scientific disagreement about the matter.
Here are a couple of talks that explain the disease model.
First, NIDA Director Norak Volkow:
Second, Kevin McCauley in our own education series: