Opiate Addiction: Disease Or Choice?
This is a typical question that has been debated many times. This is a very important question to ask because the answer relates directly to how we handle Opiate Addiction, Detox, Recovery and Relapse issues.
We do know that opiate addiction is genetic. Addiction gets handed down from generation to generation just like alcoholism. This is a proven fact. The statistics regarding genetic addiction support this claim.
If one parent is an addict, the child has a 53% chance of becoming the same. If both parents are addicts, the child has a 98% chance of becoming an addict if they ever consumer opiate drugs.
Through years and years of personal experience as well as decades of research, it is our opinion that Opiate Addiction is BOTH a Choice and a Disease. This is in some circumstances.
A person has to first choose if they want to consumer opiates or opioids (Heroin or Pain Pills). They must decide if they want to try Heroin for the first time or pop some opioid pills that their friend gave them.
This is indeed a choice. No one is making them take the drugs.
However, if addiction runs in their family genes,…they will become a ‘diseased’ opiate addict. The situation goes from a Choice to a Disease.
Now, in many situations…(probably the majority) Doctors legally prescribe opioid pain medications to patients. This is not necessary a choice.
If someone is in severe physical pain and their Doctor tells them to take pain pills….most people are going to listen to their Doctors and take the medication.
If their is a genetic predisposition to addiction, this patient could become a full addict.
There are a lot of variable involved, therefore making it difficult to say whether Opiate Addiction is 100% a CHOICE or 100% a DISEASE. Every person’s situation is different as you can see.
The best way that we can learn about Opiate Addiction and figure out better ways to fight addiction is to listen to recovering addicts give their valued opinions.
To go directly to the source means that we can learn genuine and accurate information about this Opiate Epidemic.
Click the link below to listen to a PodCast. This is a group of recovering opiate addicts who are speaking about this same exact topic.
You can follow along by reading the discussion points below.
We wish to thank Gail Gabbert from “Opiate Support Group” for giving us permission to post this PodCast.
No one ever says they want to be an addict when they grow up. So how does it happen? Is it a choice or a disease?
Listen in to this opiate recovery support group talk about whether addiction is a choice, disease, both or neither.
- Do you believe that addiction is a choice, a disease, both, or neither?
- How would you characterize the beginning and progression of your addiction?
- In what way was it a choice?
- Would you say that addiction is an unintended consequence?
- In what way is it a disease?
Listen and learn about opiate addiction from recovering addicts. These people can give us valuable insight how to address this crisis. More must be done.
We have been seeing talk about the Opiate Epidemic in the news today more than ever before. This is a good start. Some would say that it is too late. This might be true, however we simply have to address it and do something now.
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The Opiate Epidemic must be tackled from numerous perspectives. Current addicts need better detox and recovering methods. Our young school kids need to learn about the dangers of opiate addiction while they are young.
We need to drive it home to them that they should never, ever partake of any drugs.
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Derek Hobson, Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?http://www.thefix.com/addiction-disease-or-choice
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