Is alcoholism a disease or addiction

Is alcoholism a disease?, Addiction Blog

Is alcoholism a disease? To conventional and established medical authorities, alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychological, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. Alcoholism as symptom of mental illness fits this model.  However, other sources think that it...

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Drug Addiction Choice or Disease of the Brain?

Drug Addiction ChoiceIs Drug Addiction Choice or a Disease?How can it be a disease if you bring it on yourself? There is a world of opinion about whether a person becomes an addict/alcoholic by choice, or if they contract the disease of addiction/alcoholism through no fault of their own. Maybe it is a chicken and egg issue, but either way, addiction is not something anyone asks for or puts on their list of aspirations.It is a disease of the brainWe believe addiction/alcoholism is a disease of the brain, triggered when a substance is introduced and fires receptors I the brain. It’s like a crouching tiger, waiting in the tall grass for some prey to come along. Obviously, without the prey, the...

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It s Our Fault: Denial, Disease and Addiction, Neuroanthropology

By Danny Smith, Jimmy Wilson, Will Yeatman, Rachel Guerrera, and Mark HinkenIt’s our fault. But let’s spread the blame. The burden also lies on the shoulders of the educational community. And society itself. There is a serious misconception that exists. This misconception is that chemical dependence is not a disease. By not recognizing chemical dependence as a disease, society continues to hold harmful stereotypes about alcoholism and drug addiction.The goal of this blog post is to address this major problem facing drug addicts and alcoholics. Society enables chemical dependence by causing denial. Denial helps create a vicious cycle that traps addicts. They tell themselves they do not have...

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Are Obesity and Alcoholism Invented Illnesses?, Phoenix House

This month, the American Medical Association decided obesity is a disease, a decision that prompted some outcry from commenters who call both obesity and alcoholism invented illnesses. On Fox News, Dr. Keith Ablow said that people choose addiction: “When an alcoholic chooses alcohol over being available to his or her family and friends, that person is making a decision.  When a heroin addict chooses heroin over financial stability and performing well at work, that person is making a choice, too.” At TIME, Maia Szalavitz writes that the idea of addiction as a “chronic relapsing disease” can increase “pessimism about recovery” and “become self-defeating.”There are many reasons people become...

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Is Alcoholism a Disease? A Cry to Ditch the Concept

(This post was originally published in May 2014.)For 20 years, I uncontrollably drank, snorted uppers, swallowed downers, went to prison, and challenged societal limits while struggling with alcoholism and addiction. After being shunted from recovery homes to mental institutions, I finally reached a breaking point. While struggling to find recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps alone, I realized that there was something much more elusive about this “brain disease.” In the cunning, baffling phenomenon of alcoholism and addiction, where does science end and spirituality begin?Concept Creator QuestionedModern science endorses a dispositional model, in which addiction is...

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CSAM History, California Society of Addiction Medicine

CSAM Historyby Steve Heilig (from CSAM News, Fall 1993 vol. 20 number 3)San Francisco Roots: The Evolution of Addiction MedicineOn May 2, 2009, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, conferred board certification on nearly 1,500 physicians (myself included) representing a wide range of specialties.In her address at this ceremony, held during the annual meeting of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Dr. Volkow stated that...

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Compassion And Addiction, David J. Linden

Compassion And Addiction These days most of us are willing to believe that drug addiction— including alcoholism— is a disease. Still, we harbor a sneaking suspicion that it’s really a disease of the weak-willed, the spiritually unfit, or people who are not quite like us. The comedian  Mitch Hedberg  understood this when he riffed:Alcoholism is a disease, but it’s the only one you can get yelled at for having.“Goddamn it, Otto, you’re an alcoholic!”“Goddamn it, Otto, you have lupus!”One of those two doesn’t sound right.Whatever our prejudices, the truth is, given the right circumstances (which can include factors like high stress, early drug exposure or childhood abuse, poor social support...

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