Chris Berg has a must-read article in today’s Age on how “addiction” is being used to attack personal responsibility:
OUR ancestors used religion to ward off the things that scared them. We use medicine. ..
Medicalisation comforts because it suggests that our bad decisions are not our fault. Describing self-destructive behaviours as addictions is the ultimate way to shirk individual responsibility. Rather than agents of our own choices, we become passive recipients, preyed on by our surroundings. This is utterly dehumanising. One could ask why we’re so eager to dehumanise ourselves.
Make sure you read the whole thing.