Do you think drug addiction is a disease or choice?

As a former drug addict who’s been through numerous addiction therapies and clinics, I’ve been presented with all the so called evidence of drug addiction being a disease numerous times. Its true that certain people have addictive personalities, I certainly do, but in the end quitting your addiction is your choice. I think the disease theory does more harm then good. What does everybody else think and why?

It is a choice. You choose to do drugs, knowing full well what the consequences would be. It’s a stupid choice that I hope I am never ignorant enough to make. It is not only your choice to take a drug the first time, it is also your choice to fall to the addiction. It is also a choice to quit, as hard as it may be. It is not a disease, because you can control it.

5 Responses to “Do you think drug addiction is a disease or choice?”

  • Photographer says:

    Its a choice to start a drug, but than it turns into a disease. You feel like you can’t live without it. You go crazy.. well depends on what the drug is.
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  • Grizzly Grip says:

    Don’t do anything else besides weed… If you stick to that rule addiction won’t even exist in your world.
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  • Justa says:

    It is a choice. You choose to do drugs, knowing full well what the consequences would be. It’s a stupid choice that I hope I am never ignorant enough to make. It is not only your choice to take a drug the first time, it is also your choice to fall to the addiction. It is also a choice to quit, as hard as it may be. It is not a disease, because you can control it.
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  • Lunatic says:

    You do it by choice, but the drug addiction could turn to a "disease" not like cancer but mental illness type of disease because addiction is more mental and sometimes physical depending on what drug but all drug addictions are mental. It’s your voice to quit as well and it if your strong minded you can quit by yourself. For me personally I didn’t have the choice to quit I started getting bad panic attacks when I smoked pot so it scared me out of doing hard drugs anymore because I figured if weed triggered these attacks then most likely other drugs will and it could be much worse. In a sense I chose to quit and I know that even without the panic attacks I can quit on my own because I have done it before. Although I could say that ifi didn’t get the attacks I’d probably still do certain drugs again once in a while ie. Mushrooms or acid but I’d probably stay away from chemical drugs.. But back to the question I think it is both because choice turns to disease but choice can get rid of the disease. They say you can’t cure this disease if the person with the disease doesn’t want to be cured in other words you can’t help someone who doesn’t want it.
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  • Dren says:

    I think it’s both, though I give it much more weight to it being a disease because say if a person chooses to do heavily addictive drugs like heroin after a while that person becomes so addicted and dependent on them that sadly in the vast majority of cases heavy drug addicts never stop being drug addicts, and the very few number of people that stop using drugs like heroin do so because they really really want to but also because of many other factors such as family support, interventions, or serious events. I’ve never personally met an addict that successfully stop using, even when they know better. Drugs like heroin are so strong that even when the addict is smart and somewhat rational they just appear uncapable of stopping on their own. So I think while it might be a choice at first, after the person has done heroin for a while, it completely stops being a choice altogether and it becomes a disease.
    I know this girl whom I really care about. She was smart and great looking, she still is. but she started using dope (heroin) last year and since then she’s gotten fired from her job, lost custody of her daughter and now prostitutes herself everyday to support her habit. Sure she tells me she wishes she had never tried dope, and she’s got all the incentive in the world to stop using dope (get her daughter back), and she’s been to detox twice but once she’s back in town she can’t help it. So I most definitely think is a choice at first and then a disease, which is far more harmful than aids, or cancer, or anything around. This disease, this epidemic is destroying families, and lives, and the people we love and care about.
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