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I really am a self-medicator, for chronic pain, PTSD, and formerly because I had to be "on" all the time for other people, or I was not pulling my weight.  I lost touch with my body completely, and ran from pain with cigarettes and alcohol.  Now I do well with acupuncture, but it is a long road back to balance.  What is your thinking on this?
Addiction as Self-Medication

the three most common models of addiction—disease, choice, and self-medication—and say something about the advantages and disadvantages of each. I got hung up on the choice model for a few posts: there’s so much there to think about. But now let’s look at self-medication as the essence of addiction.

The self-medication model seems to be the kindest of the three. It has the advantage of the disease model, in absolving the addict of excessive blame, but it has the additional advantage of avoiding the stigma of “disease” and all that goes with it. In fact, it gives control (agency) back to the addict, who is, after all, acting as his or her own physician. Whereas the disease model places agency in the hands of others and casts the addict as a passive victim. Furthermore, the self-medication model just might be the most accurate of the three.

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