Rethinking Addiction and Mental Illness

What happens when we stop pathologizing and re-frame human experience as something other than illness? A team at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health differentiate between spiritual experiences and psychotic delusions. And neuroscientist Marc Lewis says addiction isn't a disease...
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Shawn Lucas and Gursharan Virdee from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto have created a new tool to help determine whether someone is suffering from a mental illness or having some kind of mystical spiritual experience.

Neuroscientist Marc Lewis was addicted to drugs through most of his 20's. He says the widely-held view that addiction is a disease is completely wrong. 

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