These comparisons suggest that addiction is a choice — not a disease that takes away free will is addiction just a matter of choice.
I was 3 weeks sober when i found the hand sanitizer at work the scent was familiar and i ended up spritzing a gob into my palm and licking it off--it tasted like a little drop of heaven. A new model for understanding addiction has risen to the forefront in the scientific community with research supporting that addiction is a disease. The controversy over whether addiction is a disease or a choice is important for those who work in substance abuse and who struggle with addiction.
I would agree there was no reason to necessarily class addiction as disease there's been a raging debate between the disease model and the choice model for years.
The debate’s as old as opium itself it divides households, decides political stances and determines treatment options the pendulum has swung to both. About the clean slate addiction site is dedicated to bringing you a sane, sensible, and helpful view of addiction/substance abuse we believe that the experience of addiction is driven by.
Gene heyman, a lecturer on psychology at the harvard medical school and extension school instructor, wrote a controversial book, addiction: a disorder of choice although he uses the same.
When addiction was first introduced as a brain disease, i had a hard time believing it. Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Addiction as a disease addiction is a complex disease of the brain the initial and early decisions to use substances reflect a person’s free or conscious choice.