Pubdate: Thu, 19 May 2011 Source: Globe and Mail (Canada) Copyright: 2011 The Globe and Mail Company Contact: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/168 Author: Michael M. J. McGrath, MD Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n317/a04.html CONTROLLING ADDICTIONS Re Is Addiction Really a Disease? (May 17): Margaret Wente's analogy of addiction and cancer is incorrect. She makes reference to the high "recovery rates" of doctors and pilots. As one of these physicians, I would like to point out I am not recovered but in recovery. The disease is chronic and all too often fatal. It requires continuing treatment, most commonly in the form of regular attendance at 12-step meetings. To suggest that this is not a disease begs the question as to whether Ms. Wente believes the cure for anorexia is to simply eat more or if getting over depression involves just thinking happy thoughts. Michael M. J. McGrath, MD Queen's University, Kingston - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.