Author: Dr. Vera Tarman

A False Dichotomy: Is Addiction a Disease or Learned Behaviour?

By Vera Tarman MD, ABAM Is addiction a disease or learned behaviour? How about both? Many people seem to feel that addiction and learned behaviour are two separate entities. The battle between psychologists who use the operant conditioning model and physicians who use a biological model of disease seem to be arguing for different phenomenon of behaviour. However, I contend that they are actually talking about the same behaviour, just using a different language and a different explanation for the same dynamic. Essentially, the psychological dimension is the behaviour we see (i.e. actions), and the biological is the brain...

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NEWS!: OHIP covered GTA food addiction group.

NEWS!: OHIP covered GTA food addiction group. Want to go to an OHIP covered food addiction group? For more info: You will need your doctor to fill out this referral form: Soon: New group. An 8 week food addiction program. Run by MD and Food addiction facilitator June 7, 700 pm to  900 pm Wharton Medical Clinic, 658 Danforth Ave, Suite #402 (Pape subway) OHIP and fee of $100 for the 8 weeks($12.50 a session) To register, email:

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A Solution for the Eating Disordered Mind

I am an eating disorder sufferer who had sought relief from my problems in every imaginable group, therapy, and medical treatment in Ontario. Despite an honest desire to recover, I struggled to find a solution, even in the 12-step program of Overeaters Anonymous. This was discouraging for me because, as a sober alcoholic in A.A., I had come to place tremendous faith in the process of the 12 Steps. Eventually, I discovered Eating Disorders Anonymous, a younger 12-step fellowship (founded in 2000 by members of A.A.). E.D.A. has proven to be a hopeful option and has come to my...

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