Addiction is a hot topic in the area I live in. It seems like almost everyone in my town and the surrounding areas are addicted to a drug whether it be meth, heroin, or other opioids. It is devastating and very hard to process. There are so many different opinions on it and almost every opinion causes people to be upset.
Is addiction a disease?
This is a reoccurring question that pops up all of the time. It is a matter of opinion really. If you are a professional you are taught that it is a disease. People who are uneducated on the topic are able to have their own beliefs.
Education pushes the idea that addiction is a disease. People who have been through addiction often agree with the disease concept. Some people think it is so they have somewhere to place the blame, others believe it is truly a disease. The disease aspect comes from the fact that drugs alter your brain, at first it’s temporary but it becomes a permanent alteration. The changes cause people to crave the drug and feel incomplete without it. The main thing their brain focuses on is how they are going to get the drug.
I have had the chance to create my own opinion of the matter and also be educated on addiction. I have always thought addiction is partially a choice. In my own mind I see it as a type of lung cancer that was caused by smoking. You could have stopped smoking at any point in your life, fully knowing that it could cause extreme damage to yourself, but you didn’t. That was YOUR CHOICE. From the first time to tried the drug to the continuing times after, you chose to consume that drug.
The psychology viewpoint is basically stating that the first time you use a drug you are immediately addicted to it and have a need for it.
Addiction is not simple and the concept will never be easy to understand. My opinion is that it is a self-caused disease.
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