What do you think? I've read articles that say addictions are diseases and other articles says that they are not. Some articles, the first from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction
And there is this article from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. It is written by Tim Holden, MMed (Psych), Psychiatrist and assistant professor:Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will.
Addiction is not a disease
How the above article opens:
The statement, in a CMAJ editorial, 1 that addiction is a disease is not supported by the evidence and reads more like a political policy statement than a reasoned intellectual argument.
There has been a steady erosion of individual responsibility and loss of any concept of personal blame for bad choices. To quote comedian Flip Wilson, “It’s not my fault — the devil made me do it.” Calls to destigmatize addiction remove any sense of personal responsibility.