Why the Addiction? Gabor Mate suggests - don't ask why the addiction, ask - why the pain? "Addicted people need a compassionate present which will permit them to experience their pain without having to run away from it."
In this article from Salon.com, Laura Miller discusses the evolving view of addiction. She quotes psychologist Marc Lewis, from his book “The Biology of Desire”: “Addicts aren’t diseased,” Lewis writes, “and they don’t need medical intervention in order to change their lives. What they need is sensitive, intelligent social scaffolding to hold the pieces of their imagined future in place — while [...]