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Changing the Conventional Wisdom about Addiction

What if addiction is less about drugs and genetic propensities and more about circumstances? It's a question the powers-that-be might not be comfortable hearing, but for decades Bruce Alexander has worked to make addiction as we know it a thing of the past.

To many, the case on addiction was closed. Certain substances, it was said, are inherently addictive. Expose an individual to enough of such a substance—particularly when she has a pertinent genetic predisposition—and addiction automatically results.

Like everyone who studies psychology, Dr. Bruce K. Alexander was well familiar with the "Skinner box" experiments on rats (among other animals) that were central to this conceptualization.…

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