The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts
This article briefly describes interesting research by Carl Hart, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Columbia University. Based on the findings from his research, Dr. Hart suggests that people with addictions are not drug crazed people who will do anything to get high, but when given other non-drug rewards (like money) they are able to make rational choices.
This is awesome news for people who have loved ones with addictions because it means that what we do and what opportunities we offer our addicted loved ones can have a positive impact! Maybe not every time, but over time and with the right non-drug rewards, we can help our loved ones make choices that support sobriety.