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Darlene Sallie English 123 David March 8/6/17 Is drug addiction a disease or a choice? Addictions are complex. Of all the intricate layers that make up addiction, one thing is certain; no one plans on becoming addicted. Addictions are very wide ranging, and include alcohol, drugs, sex, video games, food, pornography, and gambling. At the very beginning of addiction development, these activities provide a temporary and fleeting solution to the individual’s problems. There are many things that happen in this world that directly or indirectly influence one’s decisions to use drugs. But nevertheless, everyone has the will to make his or her own decisions, to say yes or no to indulging into self-harming behavior. Once that imaginary line has been crossed that spiral downward begins to take place in one's life unless the individual chooses to not take that path. Addiction is a term used to describe anything from a desire, to a medical issue, to an uncontrollable compulsion. Some view addiction as a disease. Others view addiction as the result of choice. Others view it as the playing out of genetic predispositions. Still others view it as the result of upbringing and environment. Addiction is not a disease that is acquired or a sad example of social victimization, but rather, it is the very unfortunate consequence of repeated poor personal choice. Labeling drug addicts as having a brain disease is not fair to those that truly do have diseases and made no choice to contain their conditions. Those that are addicted to drugs need to accept responsibility for their choices.My position with this is
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that they will likely continue to use because they will fall into the stigma that they use because they have a disease and they can't stop. There is quite a bit of debate as to what really “causes” one person to become addicted to something that someone else does not. In today’s society, it is almost impossible for anyone to say that they do not know someone who is involved in drugs in some sort of compacity. You may know an active addict, have tried to help them with no success. Maybe you know an ex- addict that has gotten their life back together. Or possibly that person that is engaging in other risky behavior that could lead to drug abuse and therefor into addiction. However, none of these people get involved with drugs without first choosing to do so. In order to be properly understood and helped both medically and psychologically, individuals suffering with addictions should no longer be viewed as people who have diseases, but as people who—due to some unfortunate life situations, choices, or upbringings —have decided to find temporary fulfillment through arguably dangerous substances or lifestyles which, in the end, master them.
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