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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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The Ethics of Addiction

The Ethics of Addiction

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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care

Thomas S. Szasz

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The author believes and attempts to demonstrate that “drug abuse” and “drug addiction” are moral rather than medical problems. The basic issue underlying these problems is: In a conflict between the individual and the state, where should the individual’s autonomy end and the state’s right to intervene begin? The author suggests that genuine commitment to the ethic of personal freedom and responsibility requires that, much as we may disapprove of a person’s choice of drug, we must regard freedom of self-medication as a fundamental right.

Keywords:   Addiction, Szasz, Ethics, Autonomy, Anti-Psychiatry

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