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Why Is Drug Addiction Not A Disease?

Why Is Drug Addiction Not A Disease

Because of the increasing number of broken families and communities that are vulnerable to drug dealers and the violence that they bring, drug addiction has become a huge problem over the years. Stereotypical addicted individuals have been categorized as “dark” members of the society for decades but is slowly changing in the recent years. The more accepting perception of people on them is the strongest reason why addiction treatment options have become widely available.

  • One thing that has not been changed for years is the notion that drug addiction is a brain disease. Addiction changes the normal functioning of the brain and its fundamental ways of coordinating systemic movements.
  • The hierarchy of the structure of the brain changes with the worsening habit, sending a different message to the person about what he needs, wants, and priorities.
  • Dopamine is released when taking drugs and it is what is responsible for to the cravings.
  • Eventually, the brain’s normal functioning is altered more often resulting in a compulsive behavior.

Addiction is more of a disorder, not a disease.

Addiction is a disorder because it describes an altered physiologic brain function, which completely confirms that the “disease” definition is a wrong scientific statement. Remember, the diagnoses regarding mental health related to addiction are all classified as “disorders”, not as diseases.

Moreover, experts believe that addiction should be seen as a disorder because the addicted person causes harm due to a deviated behavior from what is considered a norm. While scientists were able to prove that addiction creates different thought patterns that somehow mold new values, the disorder also explains that it is characterized of a list of symptoms occurring together, unlike a medical disease.

Loss of appetite and episodes of irritability are examples of its symptoms or clues of what is happening inside the body. Definitely, it is not a proof of some complex chemical imbalances or infections within the body.

Addiction is a disorder with symptoms.

A disorder is different from a disease as explained above due to its manifestations. Other examples of symptoms relating to addiction disorders include deep emotional need for connection with others, desire to have another drug, impaired judgment, and intensified craving for a substance. A disease, on the other hand, can be measured, put to test, and be cured as the medical community defines it.

Blood tests are not required for the treatment of addiction.

Another big proof that addiction cannot be called a disease in the medical community is the fact that it does not require a blood test to prove that you have drug addiction or is into alcoholism. You can diagnose an alcoholic or an addict by just looking at them, assessing them, and labeling them as having the addictive disorder. One big step towards recovery from addiction is knowing and believing that addiction can be overcome. The traditional 12-step programs try to motivate the addicted individuals that what they are going through is not a forever disease unless they decide to make it last forever.


How to Stop Smoking – Escape From Tobacco Prison: Wanting to Become a Non-Smoker is a Huge First Step to Success

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Once the epitome of movie cool, the smoker has now become an outcast in society; a social pariah. At one time anyone lurking in a shadowy doorway, his face lit by the soft glow of smouldering cigarette, conjured up notions of Harry Lime and an exotic world of adventure and espionage. In these health conscious times, someone lurking in a doorway smoking usually just means that he’s nowhere else to go to ‘light up’.

In many countries even the last bastion of the hounded smokers, the bar, has turned its back on them, forcing the smoker to brave all weather conditions to enjoy a nicotine hit in the street, looking for all the world like an itinerant beggar. Smokers have ostensibly taken on the role of an underclass, the modern day social equivalent of India’s untouchables – looked down upon by non-smokers.

And yet millions upon millions of people continue to swim against the tide despite the fact that they know that doing so might ultimately kill them and what’s more kill others.

Justifications for continuing on a self destructive course range from ‘smoking helps me relax’, ‘it helps me concentrate’ and ‘it’s cool’, to the natural human condition of not reacting well to being told to what to do.

Ultimately there’s only one reason why anyone continues to smoke and that’s because it is purely and simply an addiction. And like any addiction that makes giving it up a difficult process… but not an impossible one.

However, before anyone attempts to stop smoking, there is one very important factor which will make all the difference between success and failure. He must genuinely want to stop – doing it for any other reason is a one way street of varying lengths to the next packet of cigarettes.

Why Stop Smoking?

There are any number of reasons to give up the killer weed and the most powerful of these should be that to continue to puff away puts smokers on the fast track to the final destination and a meeting with Dr Death. But everyone knows this, so what’s new?

Maybe a more seductive argument is to for smokers to stop thinking of the cigarette as a companion and think of it as a backstabbing false friend who has wrapped a cast iron chain around them without them even realising it.

Stopping smoking is liberating. Take away the need for a cigarette and there’s no need for the smoker to get jittery on planes and trains or in restaurants and bars, his thoughts consumed with working out when he can get his next hit. Non-smokers can eat, drink and go anywhere. Discovering this is like having scales removed from the eyes

And as for health benefits; 20 minutes after stopping, heart rates and blood pressure drops. In 12 hours, carbon monoxide levels in the body return to normal. Within 3 months, circulation improves and lungs function more efficiently and after 5 years the risk of a stroke is the same as that of a non-smoker.

Food also tastes far better as well and whilst this might seem like a minor point, it’s all part of the folder filed under ‘a better quality of life’.

How to Stop Smoking

There’s no point in being unrealistic, it isn’t going to be easy, but the good news is that there’s a lot of support out there. Deciding the most appropriate method is important in finding the right road to success.

  • Stop Smoking Programmes: Enrol in a local stop smoking programme. Giving up with others can help ease the pain.
  • Nicotine Replacement: Using patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers etc helps the body deal with the physical effects of nicotine withdrawal, leaving smokers to concentrate more on the psychological aspect to stopping smoking.
  • Hypnosis: Hypnotherapy techniques help addresses psychological barriers to giving up smoking through subconscious positive affirmations and suggestions.
  • Acupuncture: Treatment works by stimulating body functions to help ease tobacco withdrawal symptoms.
  • Stop Smoking Literature: Books such as Alan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking can be great support aids in the preparation for becoming a non-smoker.

Finally, here is a sobering fact about smoking to ponder.

Tobacco is the only commercially sold product that, if used as directed, will poison and kill the user.

It’s estimated that around 6 million people die from tobacco related diseases each year – don’t be one of them.