Is Addiction Really A Disease?

There have been many research

There have been many research studies that have linked addiction to chemical changes in the brain make up this linking it to a form of a disease that needs to be treated like any other disease that affects the human body.

I think it is. The main

I think it is. The main problem with addiction is that for decades every has always thought "just quit!". I think that is absurd. It is like tell a person with diabetes "Just get rid of your diabetes"

There has been such a great

There has been such a great amount of debate on this topic for decades--actually, probably for centuries--that it is obviously not an easy question to answer. As TomInKan mentioned, studies have found that addiction is associated with chemical changes in the brain--this means that gambling addicts, for example, have a different brain response to gambling than gamblers who aren't addicts. Other studies have linked certain genes to a predisposition for some addictions, like alcoholism. That definitely suggests that there is a physiological component to addiction that is beyond the control of the addict. Other people argue that addiction is a choice, often with the reasoning that an addict chose to use drugs or engage in risky addictive behaviors in the first place. Really, though, that reasoning can be used for diabetes, too--there are certain diet and lifestyle behaviors that can put you at an increased risk for diabetes, but that doesn't mean it isn't a disease.

So is addiction really a disease? The medical and psychological community generally agrees that it is, but some people disagree, like some people continue to believe that depression shouldn't be considered a disease.



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