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Do you think addiction is a disease?

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I was listening to a radio show this afternoon, and the subject talked about was whether or not addiction is a disease. Some will argue that it is, while others say it's not.

For those who think addiction is a disease, do you think that should resolve people who are addicted from taking any kind of responsibility for their vice in trying to stop?

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Feb 1 @ 7:54PM  
I don't see addiction as a disease, more like an weakness. Although, I've often heard of alcoholism referred to as a disease.

I freely admit to being addicted to nicotine. I also made the decision to quit smoking. So, giving up, quitting, is possible if the person really wants it, and has the support to get through it.

And some, they don't want to give it up for whatever reason. Should they take responsibility? Yes, they should. After all...they made that first decision to try/use whatever it is they are addicted to.

Feb 2 @ 5:44PM  
Some people are born with addiction tendencies built into their DNA code usually passed down through the generations, Some never start drinking or taking drugs and never have a problem others not so much, It is a genetic and mental disorder and that does make it a disease in a way, Should they be held responsible? That is debatable if they have other mental issues aggravated by addiction they might have little control over their actions, However there should be mandatory treatment for those arrested for minor offenses before major issues pop up,

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Do you think addiction is a disease?