Addiction Is A Disease, Whether They Choose It Or Not

Addiction Is A Disease, Whether They Choose It Or Not

Scientifically. Medically. Literally. Addiction is a disease.


Many people have either experienced addiction or watched others go through it. I myself have struggled with addiction in the past, and I have some things to say to everybody who believes drug addiction isn't a disease because it starts with a choice.

A choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision with two or more possibilities. When people decide to do a drug for the first time, they likely are not sitting there thinking, "the possibilities of me doing this are x, y, and z" - they just do it. Now, while somebody should have the thought process including possible outcomes with almost everything they do for sake of responsibility, that's not always how humans act. Humans are impulsive and we like doing things that make us feel good.

The idea of "it isn't a disease because it starts with a choice" is absolutely ridiculous. If your logic is that anything beginning with a choice is a disease, then we need to start cutting out HUGE portions of medical research and evidence-based facts because of your frivolous opinion.

This would mean STD's that could lead to cancer, such as HPV, is not a disease because somebody made the choice to have unprotected sex. This would mean that a disease like bulimia nervosa shouldn't be considered a disease because that person made a choice to throw up their meal. This would mean that you think so many fatal and life-threatening conditions aren't diseases because they start with a choice. It's wrong. People are inclined to still believe HPV, bulimia, etc. are still diseases because we do inherently realize that making a certain choice isn't always asking for a specific outcome. But if they start with a choice, so how are they any different from addiction to a drug?

Another question I have is this: Do you belittle all addicts or just those addicted to drugs? Do you also refuse to show empathy for sex addicts? Exercise addicts and coffee addicts? What about those addicted to playing video games? Do they receive the same lack of empathy and care because they made that first choice to play a game, have sex, or drink coffee? Probably not. Drugs are demonized far more than any other type of addiction, which goes to show how hypocritical this thought process can become.

Also, if you knew anything and did actual research into what addiction is, you would also know that addiction isn't always a matter of willpower. "Just stop doing drugs" or "don't do drugs in the first place" does nothing to help anybody. People are going to do what they want, often not thinking of long-term consequences. Being addicted to anything, especially a drug, heavily messes with the basic chemistry of your brain and body.

Once you've done a drug enough to not be able to function without it, your brain's chemistry is altered. (Here's more specific info on the way drugs affect brain chemistry)

We are biologically conditioned to repeat activities that cause us pleasure and release dopamine. The increasing levels of dopamine that's attached to a certain activity, makes it easier for us to repeat these things without thinking more of consequences, because of how your chemistry has been altered.

These people shouldn't be cast aside for something everybody does. We are all addicted to something, whether you admit it or not because everything changes your chemistry and biological tendencies.

Drug use, or trying a drug, is a choice. Addiction, a disease that alters the most basic functions of your body and mind, is not. We need to treat these people, offer rehabilitation, let them know that there is help if they want it. While some people don't want to get better, there are thousands more fighting withdrawals and urges every single day that need support.

Be a better person, be empathetic, and help the people that want to be helped. Offer those resources and think about the fact that maybe addiction isn't a choice, just like any other disease isn't.

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65 Truths College Students Need to Hear Right Now

Truth every college student needs to hear.

1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

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9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

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42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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These 3 Reasons Show That It Is Important To Take A Break From Life And School For Your Mental Health

Give yourself a break.


You're stressed. You're tired. You're nervous. You're on edge.

The list could go on and on. The amount of uncertainty and feeling anything negative is eternal. They're those feelings that you think you have under control and then they make a reappearance when you least expect for them to. To be fair, we never truly want them to swing back around.

It's essential to make sure you allow for yourself to have a mental health day or week. If not a week or a day, then a few days. Some time where you are able to put things off and not worry about anything that remotely stresses you or worries you. Anything that isn't positive or uplifting.

Here are at least 3 things that can happen when you let yourself get too stressed out or stretch yourself too thin.

1. Too much stress can make you sick.

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From personal experience, always being worried or anxious can be very unhealthy and detrimental to mental health. Too much on one plate per person can make you physically sick. Coming down with sore throats, colds, congestion, and drowsiness can and will approach. Setting aside time for relaxation, having a cup of tea or coffee, watching some of your favorite shows, movies, or YouTube stars will lighten the load on your body. Even pre-occupying yourself with chores like laundry, vacuuming, cleaning, or organizing will ease the mind. As long as there isn't any mental concentration involved, it will help.

2. Lack of sleep will catch up to you.

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If you notice yourself dragging your body out of bed, getting under eye circles and bags or not being able to pay attention for too long, you're more than likely not getting enough sleep at night. Coming from a nighttime owl, I do most of my sleeping at night but enjoy a nap during the day. Although for my schedule, it's important that I prioritize sleep, so I'm actively working to fix this problem.

I currently suffer from lack of sleep. I've been able to fix this problem in the past and have experienced the symptoms, so I know I'll be able to turn this around.

Sleep is important and we need it to function. Without it, we can't focus on things and aren't able to concentrate or comprehend anything.

3. Having too much to do is overbearing.

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When I say this, what I mean is that a list of things needs to be accomplished one at a time. We're humans, we only have two hands and 10 fingers, and we can't do everything at once.

The trouble that can be caused here is mental breakdowns, panic attacks or anxiety attacks. Sometimes on the job, in class or in public. Having had it happen to me, it's not a pleasant experience and can be slightly embarrassing. It can also cause breakouts of acne or cold sores. Don't let this happen. Prioritize and go at each day as it comes to you.

It doesn't matter what age we are, mental health breaks are important for everyone. Even people in full-time jobs need breaks because their workload and energy levels after a long day are high and low. If you're a student as am I, making sure to set time aside for relaxation and redemption is a very good idea. It will help mentally, physically and emotionally. Emotions are involved and invested in everything we do. Don't let yourself stoop down to the rock bottom level. Take control and keep yourself in line.

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