Some addictions are actually classified as diseases. So, my answer has to be yes. Since, An addiction is commonly something "Going on" in the brain. When we do something that aids in our survival, like eating or exercising, our brain's limbic system rewards us for this behavior by releasing dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel good. Since we like the way we feel, we learn to repeat the behavior. Some things though, can cause our mind to feel "Unbalanced" (Hung0ver, withdrawals)when not taken, because our brain has become used to that "Substance of abuse". All substances of abuse usually cause the brain to release higher levels of dopamine. This release is usually much larger than the amount our brain releases normally, giving the user a sense of a "Rush". Therefore leading to an addiction after a period of time, more often than not. Don't worry though, This disease can be cured! With abstinence, Counseling, motivation, and in some cases, prescription "Items". Hope this has helped. And as always, Have a good day.
Addiction is said to be caused by 50% genetic predisposition and 50% poor coping skills. This has been confirmed by numerous studies, although some people insist it is a disease. Personally, I don't believe it is, because diseases are not characterized by frustrating, ugly - even criminal behavior. Read on about this from www.instituteforaddictionstudy.com/PDF/Addiction%20Q%20%26%20A.pdf.
I'm not sure, honestly. I've done a lot of research on addiction, mainly because I have two younger brothers who were addicted to Meth. We all three grew up in the same house, with the same rules. I often wonder what made me so different from them. From what I've read, Addiction is due 50 percent to genetic predisposition and 50 percent to poor coping skills. My middle brothers' father was a drug addict/alcoholic. And my younger brothers' father, is an alcoholic. My father was a drug addict. I think addiction could very well be classified as a disease. One that can be cured, if the addicted has enough will power.
In my own opinion, I don't think it's a disease, maybe I'm wrong. When I think of a disease, I think of an infection, or cancer. Addiction can begin with poor decisions. On the other hand, some babies are born addicted because their mother was an addict, in that case I could see it as a disease.
Damn good question. When it comes to heroin, it is a FACT not just a disease. Heroin withdrawal is NOT pretty. Ditto for crack cocaine. If withdrawal just makes one feel "bitchy" or edgy then it is not a disease. If withdrawal means robbing a liquor store for money to feed your habit it IS a disease. Not just on the individual but on society as well.
I don't know... I mean you can't "catch" an addiction, you first choose it, but then the physical ailments makes a person physically dependent on it. This really is a good question. Just not an easy answer...
I believe (in my opinion) that addiction could be classified as a disease. I too have read the research, and it is controversial. I don't know about the "genetics" portion about it, however. In my case, unless it very far down my genetic trail, it isn't the case. Nobody on either side of my family even before my great grandparents, suffered from any form of addiction. (that we could determine) The 14 month treatment program I was in had many with very similar stories. I DO know that it has been almost 13 years now that I have been clean, so as Cj said, I do believe it can be cured. However, I must say that it can only be successful if one keeps it in the forefront of their minds, and makes many changes, I changed my way of thinking, the people I knew (addicts) and even places I went. In my opinion, I don't know if it is a truly a disease, as many doctors disagree on it, but what I DO know is it can be treated if it is taken seriously. It all depends on the person and how much they want it.