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Is Addiction Just a Matter of Choice?

Addiction is a rising problem among many people, especially in the United States. Drug and alcohol are the two main substances that people get addicted to. Some may question if addiction is just a matter of choice. Studies have shown that addiction is not a a matter of choice. Stephen Dewey, a government funded researcher says, "Addiction is a disease that's characterized by a loss of control." The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that drug addiction is a "disease that will waste your brain." Studies have also shown that it is possible for our genes to lead us into addiction. 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.