I personally believe it is an illness. Nobody wants to become addicted to drugs.
It’s a combination.
You are a combination of chemicals: a brain.
taking drugs gives you the same sense of enjoyment eating does.
What is fun about eating? Nothing. You don’t decide to eat if you’re full, it feels gross.
You dont constantly wonder if you should eat, you just suddenly hunger.
Technically eating is a choice, it just requires a lot of willpower to starve. They don’t decide that they want the drug, they hunger.
addiction is an illness. it changes the way your brain and body functions fundamentally. it rewires you to crave it, to need your fix. calling it a weakness, a fucking choice is a rather flat, and is a statement with no scientific support. addiction, specifically drugs, supplies your body with a chemical you body only produces a little of
when you load your body with it, you feel good. you want more. you eventually get to where you can’t function without more, be it psychologically or physically. your body can’t run without the same amount of this chemical anymore, and you need More. it messes with you. changes you. and often trying to recover from that just leads to death, like other illnesses.
An addiction is an illness, but it is far different from most. It’s almost as if injecting yourself with malaria made you feel good temporarily and you wanted more. Just don’t do it in the first place. I understand there are difficult situations but I feel that the “addiction is an illness” statement is being widely used as an excuse to make drug abuse crimes less of a punishment. I believe in harsh punishments for drug usage, the reason being when someone purchases drugs, they contribute to the market that will eventually get others hooked on drugs. This should be regarded as unacceptable.