How an Addict make Choices


John Tienery reports today in the New York Times on the research of a professor of psychology at Columbia University.  Dr. Carl Hart’s experiments demonstrate an addict is able to make rational choices when given the opportunity to choose between a dose of the drug or cash rewards.  As the amount of the cash reward increases, and the amount of the drug offered decreases, the addict chooses the cash reward.

His findings represent a significant shift from the thinking that addicts will continue to choose more and more of their drug of choice no matter the consequences or other opportunities.  Dr. Hart suggests addicts can stop using drugs when offered more appealing alternatives.  He writes about the effect of drug addiction on his life and his scientific research findings in his book, High Price.

Mr. Tienery’s full article is Here