What do you think Addiction is? A choice or a disease?

What do you think Addiction is? A choice or a disease?

Also give reason why you think so
  • Its a choice.
    Vote A
  • It's a disease
    Vote B
  • Something else
    Vote C
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  • It's a choice to start doing something, and that is not unreasonable to say. However, once you have done this thing and found pleasure, relief, or whatever it is you desire from it, you slowly lose the ability to choose it. This thing chooses you. It's almost as if to say... "Hey, remember me? I made you feel really good. Why don't you come over here and do it again?" There's this voice and you keep listening to it, because you want to feel better, and you're lead to believe you need this. You might find that nothing else quite makes you feel the way the addiction does, and that it's the only thing that makes you feel better in the end. That is when it stops becoming a choice.

    The first time you try something, you may as well be injecting that into your bloodstream, because soon enough your body and mind will learn to depend on it. You can't say no. It's a disease, an infection, a sickness, and something you feel you can't live without. At least, that's how it was for me...

    I was addicted to self-harm, then to pornography. There are days that I feel as if I still need these things to feel okay, but I choose not to relapse. Choose. It is a disease only if you keep feeding it... if you starve it, and allow it to leave your bloodstream, it becomes a choice again.

    I said "something else" for the poll. Addiction is complicated. I don't know how else to explain it here.

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    • 15 d ago

      You explained is pretty nicely :)
      I hope you are doing okay.

Most Helpful Guy

  • Something else-- it's not a "disease," it's a "disorder." Diseases are caused by external invading pathogens, like viruses and bacteria, that our immune system is designed to destroy. Disorders are not diseases. People need to get their terms right and stop saying that. Note: I'm not blaming YOU, because you didn't start the trend of calling addiction a "disease," I'm just speaking in general here.

    Second, the BEGINNING of an addiction is indeed self-inflicted and therefore a choice-- STAYING addicted (literally the whole point of what addiction IS) is not a choice, because at that point it's too late. So the correct answer is "a little bit of both."

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  • A choice!
    When I'm in grade school, Me and my older brother both have 3 hrs straight everyday.
    When my Older brother, younger brother and sister, all of us siblings,
    In the 2000's always play Mario World Party pc game, we combine our 1 hrs.
    A total of 4hrs.

    When I'm young single, I get to use 5 hrs straight.

    I have overactive bladder One day last week I finished my 1hr straight because there are times my bladder can handle even though my tummy hurts very much.
    Yesterday, I tried what Papa said, I peed in the cr once and had to go there one more time beco'z I had one drop of pee. Every mass I'm having a total of three rounds, there are times and days my tummy is ouchy.
    Either than that incident, and all of the above,
    I never really become an addict. Mon-Thu, 2hrs n 11mns and Fri-Sun, 1hr only!
    My tired and enjoyment days are Mon-Thu and Fri-Sun, my rest days!
    So! You can choose to not be an addict n be disciplined!!

    I don't know my sister, but I know both my brothers are addicts of games!
    My younger brother, new addict , time of Mobile Legends.
    My older brother! He's addict Elementary when were teens or singles and recently. He also use it for diversion!
    :) I can't stand both tiredness and hunger anyway!

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  • In any information gathering case as a healthcare professional, we always ask about family history because there might be some genetic links to it. A family member with a strong history of substance abuse may have a child that grows to develop similar habits, especially if the mother smokes or drinks while pregnant

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  • I'm with Deathraider on this one, it's a mental health issue. I had an addiction scare with fentanyl because it played a major role in relieving me of the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. Luckily, I never seeked any illegal pain medication or any such things and now have no desire to do so.

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  • It is primarily a choice since the ones addicted knew very well that the risk of addiction was present when they started whatever they are addicted to but were willing to take the risk.

    It becomes a disease because not only do a lot of them require medical treatment on the cost of society but the risk of treatment failure is generally quite high. Thus the addicted become a disease for society.

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  • I think the symptoms and dependencies could be considered disease-like... But ultimately it's a choice. A shitty, shitty choice.

    It's easy to look at the world from your addiction and think "I'd rather keep doing this" when the alternatives are withdrawal and feeling. It becomes and easier and easier choice to make. Then you get more and more tolerant, so you use more and more. Then you overdose and die, and nobody misses you because of the shitty choices you made. Unless you were famous.

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  • People are addicted to sex and pornography. Most people dont think of it that way anymore. But its the same as any other drug.
    It is a disease 100% People need to develop will power and abstinence early on in life, and nowadays everyone lacks it because poor parenting

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  • I personally find addiction to be a quite odd creature as I don't experience it myself. However, from what I understand it's the bonding with a substance in much the same way people usually otherwise bond with other people.

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  • It's both. One makes the choice to try or take some substance that is known to be addictive. Some medications prescribed by doctors are addictive. I don't believe there is always a choice there. But now that you have made that choice and have became addicted, I do believe it's an illnesses. It changes how the brain functions.

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  • Both,

    I get the addiction part.

    But I wonder do we say that because we are giving them an excuse to keep to lies stealing and cheats over and over. It hard dealing with a close one hurting you.

    Again are we enabling them or what?

    I always sit on the fence with this one.

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  • Addictions can have many forms. I am addicted to caffeine. People don't blink an eye over that.
    But there are other forms of addiction that can cause a lot of criticism and are truly bad for your health. Addictions that can't be controlled, addictions that can ultimately lead to death. Those addiction usually derive from a psychological factor. Nobody becomes an alcoholic because his life is perfect...
    So it is more complex to me then simply choice or disease.

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  • Drug/alcohol abuse is usually a person's way of self medicating after a traumatic event which often times leads to addiction.
    I don't consider addiction a disease but a lot of medical professionals do.
    Drugs/alcohol changes the receptors in the brain forever which is why some say it's a disease.
    I have an addictive personality and have had issues with narcotic pain meds in the past so I know to stay away from them or ill end up on CNN.

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  • I think it's affected by both, addicts can be predisposed through genes and as such have a much greater vulnerability to certain addictive things such as cigarettes or alcohol so in that sense it could be considered a disease. However, that's only once the stuff is already in their system, it's entirely a testament of willpower as to whether you take the first step into that addiction in the first place. For example a man could have had two smoking parents and so have a predisposed weakness to nicotine but if he never starts smoking then he should be pretty much fine. Addiction is both choice and a disease depending on how you look at the picture. Many addicts could stop if they wanted to, it's just a case a willpower to make that happen. Some would find it much harder because of the genetic predisposition but I think at least 95% could still do it if they really set their minds on it.

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    • 15 d ago

      I've read somewhere that addicts have much less will power that a normal person, so for them its not simply to give it up...
      But I get your point. Thanks :)

    • 15 d ago

      That's true, it's easy for someone on the outside to say just give it up but for the addict it is a lot more difficult. I sympathise with them on this point, and a lot need help but it is possible to give up with the right help and treatment. And your welcome 🙂

  • It almost always starts out as a choice, though not always an informed choice. However, the nature of most addictions is that they usually erode the self-and-situational-awareness needed to make good choices. That people are not informed of this when the first choice is made is not entirely fair to them - how would you explain to someone what it means to not have something they have no memory of ever being without - as memory is a big part of situational awareness?

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  • It is a disease that started with a choice. However addiction is a quality that can be passed down through your family. For example if your parent was an addict, you are more likely to be an addict, as opposed to a person who had clean parents.
    Substance use disorder IS classified as a diagnosis, weather you guys like it or not.

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  • It's something else. Addiction is your mind has been trained to believe you must have something or you will either be missing out on something or feel miserable. Curing addiction is retraining your mind to understand it's not necessary. Or when you have the urge for addiction to focus on something else u enjoy

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  • Choice, you do it to youself first off and then you can stop doing it like many other people have done before.

    It's a hard choice and hurts like hell to get rid of addiction but again it is your choice it's not like a disease were you just get it and your screwed for life.

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  • I think addiction is classified into both categories: choice and disease.

    For the first, it is a choice. Anyone can choose to start drugs or not.

    But once you get addicted then it becomes a disease for you because it can't be cured easily by yourself and can cause harm just like a disease.

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  • It's not a "disease" per se, but is rather an affliction... that is the result of the individual's choices, and thus the individual's sole responsibility to remedy.

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  • I used to think its a choice, but since then have changed my mind. Someone who is addicted to something destructive and can't shake it off has a mental illness. Those people have lost complete control of their minds.

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  • Trying the thing that you become addicted to is the choice. Psychological addiction and physical addiction at once can make the choice to not stop for some people.

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  • It's a disease. You don't choose to increase the temperance that you have of the drug. You don't choose to have withdrawal symptoms or suffer psychological/physical changes during the drug or when you haven't had your fix in a while.

    The only choices made are taking the drug first and continuing to take the drug to alleviate the symptoms that occur if you're already addicted.

    www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/addiction

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  • It’s not a disease like you typically think of, nor is it a choice. It’s a mental health issue.

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  • At first , it is a choice , however underlying mental health issues come into play , resulting in addiction , @Thatsamazing has given the best reponse so far.

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  • It's a choice. There is NO addiction that can't be quit with self discipline.

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  • I have a very addictive personality, it is very easy for me to get addicted to anything, from shitty mobile games to alcohol.

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  • For sure its not a disease.. A mental disorder maybe but no matter what the drug is there's always the option to stop using it... maybe kicking heroin isn't that fun but if you want to ita possible. .. nit quite the case with cancer or whatever

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  • It's a disease, but just like lung cancer caused by smoking or type 2 diabetes it's a self caused disease. Anyone who has ever seen the way addicts behave and live know it's not a choice.

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  • Starts as a choice (unless you were like forced to do it or something) soooooooooooooo that shits a choice

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  • Engaging in behaviours that could become addictive is a choice at first but no one chooses or wants to become addicted to something; it's a horrible disease that destroys lives.

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  • In the past I perceived it as a choice, but now I've come to think it's kind of a disease. You get addicted to something because there's a more rooted problem inside you that "pushes" you to it. Sure, some get addicted to drugs or alcohol but others also get addicted to eating, others to exercising, others to dieting, others to sex, hurting themselves, loneliness etc if you look at it addiction, for some, feels like the "escape" and seems like the solution for that one or many things that are eating them inside. So I guess it's a disease that gets you off guard.

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  • People don’t choose to get addicted to heroine lmao.

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  • I don't know... I'm quite sure everyone has an addiction and it is always bad. Even if they're addicted to working out. Exercise is important yes but addiction means doing it too much, so an exercise addiction is still bad. One of the guys from 1990s UK show Gladiators... Hunter I think.. or Archer maybe.. anyway he was an exercise addict and it almost killed him.

    My addiction is sugar. I'm not fat by the way, proper high metabolism Norville Rogers lookin' mofo. Don't want people thinking I'm fat. Sugar addict though.

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  • I think addiction is learned behaviour caused by habit.

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  • For those who said choice im willing to bet you haven't taken or passed a psychology class

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    • 15 d ago

      Lol, right? I’m baffled so many people think it’s all up to sheer willpower.

  • A choice that manifests into a serious illness and a problem. Sometimes for more than one person.

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  • I don't see how that would be a matter of opinion. It's a brain disorder, that's a provable fact.

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  • They chose to start using, but after they become addicted, it ends up being a disease

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    • 13 d ago

      It's kinda like a person might eat rotten food & that was their choice, but when they start vomiting and having diarrhea, it's still a disease even though they chose to eat the food

  • More like the manifestation of a mental disease. More a symptom than a cause.

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  • It's addiction. You take addictive substances, you get addicted.

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  • What do you think pancreatic cancer is, a choice or a disease?

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  • I think it’s both I need coffee and chocolate that’s an addiction.

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  • I think it's a choice to start with but then it becomes a disease

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  • It is a choice that can become a disease.

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  • It's a choice and a disease.

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  • something else which I can't say

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  • Destiny

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  • A disease. No question

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  • disease

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  • it's a choice , and sometimes an "excuse"

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  • Definitely a disease

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