Letters: May 26, 1997

HOW WE GET ADDICTED

"Now we've got someone else to blame. It's no longer, 'The devil made me do it.' We can blame God for the dopamine in our brains!" IMOGENE COX Riceville, Tenn.

Your article about the causes of addiction was a blessing [MEDICINE, May 5]. I'm a recovering alcoholic and an ex-smoker, and it took me a long time to accept addiction as a physical disease, not a character flaw, and to realize it must be dealt with in the same clinical manner as high blood pressure or cancer. I hope that one of your readers who is so...

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