Is addiction a disease or a disability, and why does it matter?
Dr. John T. Maier, a distinguished researcher, therapist, and philosopher, is writing a groundbreaking book championing the concept of addiction as a disability rather than a disease. In this enlightening episode of Grieving Out Loud, we delve into Maier’s perspective and explore why this distinction holds such significance. We hope that this episode has left you feeling more informed and empowered, ready to make a positive impact in today’s world.
Dr. John T. Maier would like to hear from people struggling with substance use disorder about how they think it should be classified. Don’t hesitate to contact him by email or on Twitter.
MEET THE GUEST
John T. Maier
John T. Maier, a therapist and academic philosopher in Cambridge, MA, is a clinician at the CEDAR Clinic, specializing in psychosis risk symptoms. He teaches at Bentley University and Lesley University. His book Options and Agency, published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2022, offers a fresh perspective on free will. John is also working on a book about addiction, addressing moral psychology, bioethics, and public policy. He writes a Psychology Today blog on Philosophy and Therapy and hosts The Anomalous Mind, a mental health podcast. John’s work spans philosophy, therapy, and academia, contributing significantly to these fields.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.