The terminology of how we address addiction has changed over time to reduce the stigma...But I'm not sure that stigma is the issue anymore. I believe DENIAL is the issue that's blocking people from getting recovery.
To know if someone is TRULY addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have to understand the differences between these three categories:
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
Dependency is different than actual addiction to drugs or alcohol. Heavy use or abuse, doesn't even necessarily mean that someone is addicted.
This video will explain the differences between addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Use Disorder.
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The debate over if addiction is a disease or a choice has been going on for a really long time. For years, I've been teaching that addiction is a disease, but now I've changed my mind. But, I don't think it's a choice either. Allow me to break down this complicated topic in an easy to understand way!