A New Look at the Origins of Addiction

October 07, 2016 | By

The parenting system teaches us control, not love

Where does addiction come from? The answer has deep implications for treatment, obviously. It’s Dr. Brown’s belief that addiction is learned, which means it can be unlearned. And how is it learned? Through a near-universal parenting system based—unconsciously and to widely varied degrees—on control, rather than love.

As Dr. Bernie Siegel, famous for exploring the role of consciousness and childhood experiences in disease, once said, “Parenting is the number one public health issue.” 

Read this at, where we were invited to write a guest post for their audience of treatment professionals. 

Photo: Thanks, Tomas Hellberg (via Flickr)

One Response to “A New Look at the Origins of Addiction”

  1. David Roppo says:

    I agree Laura. In many cases, out of fear, parents attempt to control their children. Some attempt to shield their children from adversity while others try to control or plan their career or life path. The outcome, quite frequently, is teen drug and alcohol abuse. Parenting is an issue. If we are to significantly reduce the number of addicted teens and young adults, we must all become better parents.

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