Therapies need to be as diverse as the individuals treated.
Although addiction is a
disease of the brain, it is not the brain alone that causes addiction.
Just as in the (exhaustingly) old debate on natural tendencies and environmental
influences, addiction is driven by environmental factors that work to
trigger the disease (Bettinardi-Angres & Angres, 2011). I
understand the importance of addressing the biological issues of
addiction, although, I believe it is equally important to create more
effective interventions that incorporate mental health counseling along
with psychopharmacology (when indicated). It seems that both angles of
approach together is better than simply effecting one component of the
Bettinardi-Angres, K., & Angres, D. H.
(2011). Understanding the disease of addiction. Missouri State Board Of
Nursing Newsletter, 13(2), 6-8.