Is addiction a disease or choice?

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Is addiction a disease or choice?

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  • What is addiction?

Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a drug, chemical activity or substance,

even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.

  • Difference between drug addiction and drug misuse?

Drug addiction: It is long term inability to moderate or cease intake.

Drug misuse: Misuse refers to incorrect, excessive or non-therapeutic use of body and mind-altering substances.

  • What is drug addiction?

Drug Addiction also called substance dependence or dependence syndrome, is a condition where a person feels a strong need to take a drug. The diagnostic and static manual of mental disorder defines it as a mental disorder and is often linked with other mental disorders.

  • Is addiction a disease or choice?

Some people think addiction cannot be a disease because it is caused by individual’s choice to use drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, etc.

In early stage it may be by choice but once brain has been changed by addiction, most experts believe that person loses control of their behavior.

  • Types of drugs
    1. Stimulants e.g. cocaine
    2. Depressants e.g. alcohol
    3. Opium related pain killers e.g. heroine
    4. Hallucinogens
  • Is addiction curable?

No, it is not curable but manageable.

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