The Difference between Choice and Addiction
By: Michael Chorba Jr.
June 30, 2010
Doctors believe that addiction or alcoholism isn’t a choice but believe that it is a disease. The definition of disease is “A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown” (MDO, 2010). Addiction and alcoholism is more of a disease than a choice. This is because a disease makes people sick and withdrawal will give you symptoms like runny nose, cold sweats, troubles sleeping and nausea just like the flu. Also the human brain can be chemically changed which could cause unstable amounts of chemicals being produced. The body and brain will grow accustomed to these chemicals. When the brain and body suddenly stops receiving these chemicals it can cause the body to go into withdraw. Those characteristics can cause people to be psychotic which is a disease but drugs can cause the same effect as those diseases. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics or drug addicts; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This figure is magnified by the countless number of others who are affected by parents who are impaired by other psychoactive drugs (NCA, 2009). It can be spread like a disease and also addiction can affect the normal functions of the brain and other organs. I personally know for a fact that addiction isn’t a choice it’s a disease. My own mother had problems with alcohol. She was constantly partying with her friends until the sun rose. Her addiction to alcohol never really affected me because I never had a stomach for alcohol consumption. Later did I find out that my mother was also snorting cocaine and painkillers. I still remember the night that she asked me if I have ever done it. At that point in time I used to smoke marijuana but I never ever thought about touching any hard drugs so my answer was no. My own mother had the nerve to ask me if I wanted some. I was fifteen years old and naïve. I was curious at that age and thought it my mom was doing it and she was willing to offer it to me then it couldn’t be that bad. I recall using cocaine with my mother a couple times but only with her and no one else. I never really like cocaine so I never got addicted to it. At the same time she introduced me to cocaine she also introduced me to narcotic painkillers. It started out when she gave me some pills that she got from the hospital after an accident. Then and there I realized that I really like the feeling that it gave me. After that everything went downhill. It got to the point where she was giving them to me before school. Every time she got a script of narcotic painkillers she would leave them out of the counter for me. She has also bought them illegally for her and me. I never seen my mother as a caring responsible parent but I saw her ask a friend. After awhile I have distanced myself from my mother and I am currently going to theory appointments for my addiction. I want to know how is it a choice when your own mother influences you to do these kinds of things. American children have addicted parents
Children of adults addicted
| 28 million+
Children under the age of 18
| 11 million
Therefore, children are vulnerable to the devastating effects that have an alcoholic or drug abuser in their family. “This disease can be spread in multiply ways like genetics, behavioural, psychological, cultural and environmental” (NCA, 2009). Alcoholism and addiction to substance can be spread through heredity just like a disease. Past generations from the family can carry the heredity gene that will cause younger generations to become addicts or alcoholics. Also when a female is pregnant irresponsibly in the depths of an addiction during her pregnancy, would cause not only birth defects but the child could also become addicted to the...
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