Addiction: Disease or Choice?

11/18/2009

Alcoholism and Addiction: a disease or a choice?

Filed under: Uncategorized — CD @ 11:26 PM

It is an ongoing debate whether or not alcoholism and addiction are truly diseases as opposed to choices made by the user.

Some argue that users get “hooked” on substances, rendering them unable to stop usage. They argue that users display symptoms that verify that alcoholism and addiction are, in fact, diseases.

Others say that nothing in your chemical makeup determines that you will be addicted to a substance, and it is a choice to use them, and a sign of weakness to be unable to stop.

These two extremes provide for very little common ground, and many often latch onto the side they see as the most plausible. Based on your research, what do you think? Is addiction truly a disease, or is it a choice?

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