is addiction a choice or an illness

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10 on March 2, 2019

I personally believe it is an illness. Nobody wants to become addicted to drugs.

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3 on March 18, 2019

But you do have a choice at the beginning right

on March 18, 2019

yes when you first decide to do the drug it is a choice (in most cases) but it’s the addiction itself that is the illness.

on March 20, 2019

I really wouldnt call an illness, I’d call it a lack of strength,mental and physical

on June 21, 2019

Addiction is not a choice.  You seem to be under the impression that addiction is only for drugs.  Did you know that people can become addicted to food, sex, exercise, shopping, etc.  Should we stop eating, having sex, exercising, and shopping because there is a risk we could become addicted? No.  That being said, some people can do drugs and not become addicted.  Some people do drugs once and immediately become addicted.  It has nothing to do with their mental, physical, or emotional strength.  It has to do with the chemical makeup of their brain.  Some people are more prone to addiction just like some people are more prone to getting cancer.  Would you call cancer a choice? If someone went out into the sun without sunscreen a few times and got skin cancer would you then say it was their choice to get cancer? Probably not.  

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1 on March 21, 2019

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.

on March 21, 2019

I understand where you’re coming from but I wouldnt compare the addiction of drugs in specific to the hunger for food,that doesnt go very well,but I do agree with you on everything else for the most part,I just wouldnt make that comparison cuse, i dont feel like it’s a good,like i would compare it to an itch,one that doesnt go away so easily.
You’re sitting there watching tv,then you get an itch,and you then you itch it,its no big deal right(that would be the start of the drug consumption),but the next day you’re riding in the car,and that itch comes back,and you’re like wow that’s really itchy,so you stop the car and you itch it,and you’re like okay that’s over with,but then the next day hits and you and sitting in you’re little cubicle at work and then you get a really big itch and just quite cant reach without someone seeing you lift your shirt up and scratching it,so take you go to the bathroom and scratch it, and you’re like that feels alot better,why didnt I do that earlier,but you get I’m saying,it just progresses with time because it you’re body and mind start to fuel off of it,so it’s harder to stop when your main source of energy for you’re body and mind is the addiction,this is completely off topic,but it’s the same with weight loss,alot of people feel like carbohydrates are the best source of energy ,and alot of people fuel off of that,so if you dont get the right intake of carbs you’ve gotten you’re body use to,you’re gonna be tires,but if you wanted to change you’re fuel from carbon hydrates to fats, regularly transition over to eating more fats than carbohydrates and youre body will realize and instead of carbohydrates burning for energy, itll burn fats instead,so with you’re addiction,I know it sounds bad but if you’re addicted to heroin,try transitioning to marijuana slowly over time and slowly transition to fats or carbs,cuse going straight from one of those could seriously damage you obviously but in short,I just wanted to Express my point of view from how I see addiction to clear things up on my views of the whole situation

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0 on June 17, 2019

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.

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0 on June 22, 2019

Addiction itself is an illness which is extremely hard to overcome. However, choosing to take the substance in the first place is done by choice 99% of the time. If one simply never drank or smoked, they would not get addicted.

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0 on July 7, 2019

its a choice you choose to do that first hit of drugs it is your choice to start it… but addiction is an illness

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0 on January 29, 2020

Addiction in it self should be considered an illness, but you wouldn’t have this illness if you stayed away from the drug in the first place. But many people have no choice after they become addicted. 

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