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Is Drug Addiction Choice or a Disease?

How can it be a disease if you bring it on yourself? There is a world of opinion about whether a person becomes an addict/alcoholic by choice, or if they contract the disease of addiction/alcoholism through no fault of their own. Maybe it is a chicken and egg issue, but either way, addiction is not something anyone asks for or puts on their list of aspirations.




It is a disease of the brain

We believe addiction/alcoholism is a disease of the brain, triggered when a substance is introduced and fires receptors I the brain. It’s like a crouching tiger, waiting in the tall grass for some prey to come along. Obviously, without the prey, the tiger goes hungry.

Without the substance, addiction does not occur. However, it's like a dormant seed, waiting there, even for decades for something to bring it to life. The substance comes and the disease begins to blossom. But why can one person use a substance, even repeatedly, yet never become addicted, while another person tries it once and their life goes astray? Everyone is different and so everyone reacts differently to any drug.

We all make choices

When a person makes a choice there are consequences, good and bad. Our lives are an endless succession of choices, from what food to eat, to how to make a living, to what car to drive. A person has to make a choice to use a substance, whether that choice is prompted by a medical need, or that choice is just a matter of wanting to have a good time.

We don’t necessarily think all the way through that choice, and certainly if someone knows they are going to become seriously ill, or addicted, or if their lives will be negatively impacted, their choice might be different. But as it stands, people who have become addicted really do not understand the ramifications of their choices.

Life sometimes has a cruel twist of fate, and addiction/alcoholism has its own—that is one person can use a substance, even repeatedly, and never become addicted, while another uses just once and is hooked. It hardly seems fair, but it’s the truth. You can spew on about a weakness of character, and certainly that might play a part, but the fact is if a person is predisposed to addiction and the substance is introduced, the clock starts ticking and the fuse is lit.

Drug addiction choice is an interesting topic.

Choice is an interesting topic when it comes to the addict/alcoholic. As the disease progresses their ability to choose diminishes. A desire to drink, for example, turns into the need to drink.

The enjoyment of a cocaine high turns into intense cravings that drive the person to make choices he otherwise would not make just to get the drug. Even years after treatment, the coke addict still craves the drug. He has choice, but it’s difficult.

An alcoholic may not take a drink for years, but he/she is just a “dry drunk” because all it takes is one drink and they are right back on that old path again. It isn’t fair and sadly there is no cure.

Drug addiction choice versus will power

Choice and will power are another point of contention. There are a lot of people who want to quit smoking and they have will power, but they can’t quit. Addicts rarely are successful applying sheer will power to their situation.

They can go “cold turkey” and try to tough it out, but without treatment, or a support system, they usually fail. Alcoholics who are able to drink a quart or more a day of liquor are in jeopardy of dying if they go off their booze with no medical intervention.

Drug addicts can go through a nasty withdrawal and are not likely to die, but alcoholics are tempting fate and medical detoxification is more than necessary, it’s life-saving.

Always choose treatment that's the right drug addiction choice.

If there is a choice that has to be made, let that choice be made for treatment. Usually any choice an addict/alcoholic makes is a bad one, so they often need a strong hand to help them make the right choice.

When the disease is in full bloom, they only choice the addict/alcoholic is capable of making will be to use their drug of choice. Logic and rational thinking don’t enter into it. Unfortunately people have the right to make choices, no matter of sick they are and no matter how risky the wrong decision might be.

That’s why people walk out of treatment centers—they don’t think they need help. They don't believe they have an addiction. The believe the have a drug addiction choice. They don’t like to follow the rules. The disease makes the choices, not the person. How else can you explain the propensity of people to take huge health risks and throw away happiness, a career, family and a productive life. Maybe you think they’re crazy, or maybe because of the disease they have been made crazy.

They usually MUST use!

In the case of addiction, choice really isn’t choice at all. Addict/alcoholics have to use, because they have no choice. Otherwise the person with five DUI’s on their record would not get behind the wheel of a car when they are impaired.

They don’t want to get into an accident, or worse yet become a murderer, but that is the severely impaired choice they have made. They do drive, regardless of the law, regardless of court orders, regardless of any dire consequences.

They don’t successfully complete treatment and they repeatedly violate the law, not just the civil law, but moral law. Civil law says we should lock them up and throw away the key. Moral law says try to treat their disease and help them.

No one CHOOSES addiction!

Nobody wants to be an addict/alcoholic. You don’t see that written in a high school yearbook, “Hoping to become an addict and live a life of misery.” It can be said that addiction/alcoholism began with a choice to use the substance, but nobody chooses to fall into the grips of the disease and suffer the way so many people suffer.The disease is addiction and that isn't drug addiction choice.

Following the disease model, we encourage treatment and follow-up in a good recovery program. For more information about drug addiction choice or disease visit our home page.

There is Hope!!

from our visitor: Tami (Baltimore, MD )

Hello everyone,

I posted my story back last June. My 21 yr old son & his g/f were using heroin. Just when I thought they had hit "rock bottom"... something else would happen. I had actually prepared myself for "that" call. (although, as a parent, I never wanted to get it).

It got so bad at the start of the Holiday season, that we actually had to just not accept the phone calls from him or answer & tell him no when he would ask me to order him a pizza online because he was hungry.

Well, as a parent, I THOUGHT I was doing the right thing by ordering him a pizza... never wanted to hear my son was hungry....well, after speaking with several people who had been in this situation, I found out that I was actually enabling him to use heroin.

Knowing that I would order him food allowed him to use the little bit of $$ he had left from unemployment to buy drugs. So, from then on, I had to say "NO". This broke my heart, to say the least.

But, I am very happy to report to all of those who replied, talked me thru this, supported & so on... THERE IS HOPE...!! I picked my son up Xmas eve from his 8x6 rented room, with no heat, no furniture & no food... to spend with his family for xmas & to spend some time with his 18 month old daughter, who was taken from him & the mother back in June.... (baby is with his sister, my daughter in Foster Care) .... THIS WAS THE BEST THING EVER EVER EVER THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO MY SON, HIS DAUGHTER & THE REST OF THE FAMILY!!

I would like to tell everyone that my son successfully completed an inpatient rehab, is living with us, has been going to NA meetings every night, has a supportive sponsor, very supportive family, is now working towards getting his GED & is working. THERE IS HOPE!!

We all know that his recovery is an everlasting road into the future....there will always be temptations & is a day by day process. But, he took the 1st step & now sees that there is so much more out there to live for.... himself & his family.....

PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP ON THE ONE (S) YOU LOVE.... !!!!!!


and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8






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