Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance that can be pleasurable but the continued use or act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control or causing problems for themselves or others. When referring to addiction, it is important to recognize that its cause is not simply a search for pleasure and that addiction has nothing to do with one’s morality or strength of character.
If you had a broken arm, you would seek help immediately. Without hesitation, and no consideration of what others would “think”. And when you got home, you wouldn’t “hide out” because of your “condition”. You would just go on with your life, right? But what if a stigma was attached to having a broken bone? What if people at work found out? What would your family think? What if people think you are weak because you chose to have a bone that is broken?
You don’t choose to be ill and you didn’t choose addiction. But you can choose to be well by seeking treatment.
“Addiction is a disease and not a moral failing.” Dr. Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General. Read more at http://bigthink.com/arpan-bhattacharyya/surgeon-general-publishes-a-culturalcall-to-action-for-addiction
“A New Definition of Addiction Makes Rehab and Recovery More Effective.” Maia Szalavitz Author, “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way Of Understanding Addiction”.