Drug Addiction is NOT a Disease!

Drug Addiction is NOT a Disease!

This is one of those personal posts that gets me kind of heated; okay, fired up, A LOT!

Drug addiction is NOT a disease. Just like drinking is not a disease; it’s a choice! You choose to take that drink and you choose to do that drug. No one is putting a gun to your head, telling you you must do these things.

Calling it a “disease” just placates the drug user/alcoholic and makes them feel better about the problem. Calling it a disease is counter productive and enables them to keep on their destructive path because in calling it a “disease” they don’t have to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Basically, giving the person a free pass.

I have zero sympathies or compassion for addicts. Especially those that relapse for no good reason other than they have no will-power to control their emotions.

Someone in my life has relapsed on meth again, which wasn’t too surprising since as soon as she got out of prison after a year, she decided to pop prescription pills again. It always starts with the pills…

She then met and started dating an ex-addict. He ended up cheating on her numerous times. They got knocked up and now have an almost 1-year-old daughter.  But, because this person couldn’t handle the cheating and stress, they both decided to get back on drugs to “rid” of the problems and stay together.

Drug abusers give zero fucks about anyone but themselves since there are 4 kids involved; two of which she lost custody of from the previous time.

I will not stand by this time since she decided to make another wrong decision instead of dumping the trash to the curb and making a life for her and her children. You don’t choose drugs and men over your kids. I am appalled that people can do this. Especially when there are people out there struggling to have children.

Own up to your drug addiction; whatever help you need, get it! Make a new life for you and your loved ones.

You can contact this 24-hour hotline here. The choice is yours!



  1. Angelic Sinova
    July 31, 2017 / 2:10 AM

    This is an interesting take on alcoholism/drug addiction because I’ve always kind of thought of it, well alcoholism at least, as an addiction but I agree with you, it’s a choice. I have a few alcoholics in my family and it’s so sad to see them literally choosing to throw their life away. Hopefully they can wise up and learn to make smarter choices in the future.

  2. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    July 31, 2017 / 2:44 AM

    It’s unfortunate that the person you know relapsed. I agree with you though. It is a choice. I have several family members that have dealt with addiction, and I’ve always thought it was a choice. Just like I choose not to use. Great post!!

  3. valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    July 31, 2017 / 2:56 AM

    I firmly believe drug addiction is a disease and I get equally fired up about it but will be respectful. Addicts don’t want to be addicts. They may choose the first time but it isn’t that simple after that.

    • Sam
      December 9, 2017 / 10:40 AM

      Agreed. If you aren’t an addict, you give no contribution to that argument. Take it from the millions of addicts, and the thousands of doctors that agree on the fact that addiction is in fact a disease in both a mental and physical aspect.

      • Jenn
        December 9, 2017 / 11:03 AM

        you make the choice to do the drug, I have just as much of a say as anyone else.

  4. July 31, 2017 / 3:16 AM

    Drug addiction is a horrible problem in this world. All it takes is one time for someone to get addicted, and it takes a lot to get them “unaddicted.”
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  5. July 31, 2017 / 3:30 AM

    I don’t believe it’s a disease, either. However, as a pastor’s wife, I’ve witnessed many people through the years that are addicted to drugs and it seems that some of them can never shake the addiction, even after stints in rehab, etc. It’s so sad that drugs and/or alcohol can get such a hold on someone to the point where they will lie, steal, etc. to get that next fix. So, so sad!

  6. July 31, 2017 / 3:47 AM

    People who are addicted to drugs really need a lot of help and support. It’s not a disease but they really have to work hard to put their life back on track and it helps if they get professional help and learn to be more accountable for their actions.
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  7. robin rue
    July 31, 2017 / 4:13 AM

    I actually disagree. I have some close family members who struggle with addiction and whatever anyone thinks, those people need serious help.

    • Jenn
      August 1, 2017 / 2:12 PM

      Of course they need help, but you cant help unless they want it. I’m tired of helping my family member when she just goes back to it.

  8. July 31, 2017 / 5:30 AM

    Drug addiction is a huge problem our country today. I feel like it is a personal choice to put that poison into your body or not. I think that some people may have more addictive personalities. However, having a more addictive personality isn’t alway a negative problem. It can be used in a positive way too.

  9. July 31, 2017 / 7:41 AM

    Addicts need to come to the realization that they need help before they can get help. You can’t force someone to get help if they don’t think they need it. Drug addiction is a real issue in our society.

    • Jenn
      August 1, 2017 / 2:11 PM

      I agree. My family member is still in denial of it all…

  10. Rebekah
    July 31, 2017 / 10:53 AM

    I’m so sorry you have to go through this. This post was very enlightening, and I will be thinking about you as you go through this time.

  11. July 31, 2017 / 12:38 PM

    I think that anyone who has alcohol or a drug addiction is in need of a lot of help. I think some if not most suffer from an addictive personality so in some ways it is an illness.
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  12. Our Family World
    July 31, 2017 / 2:08 PM

    I agree. Alcoholism and drug abuse is not a disease. It was a choice that some people made and now they cannot get out of it. Well, they could, if they had the will power to turn their backs on it. However, I think drug and alcohol addiction IS a disease of society that merits the attention of the government.

  13. Emily
    July 31, 2017 / 6:07 PM

    Interesting take on drug addiction. Regardless of it being a disease or not the only way to get around it is the person deciding to make the change. Doing it for anyone but themselves will not work.

  14. July 31, 2017 / 9:54 PM

    I wish that I had the right words to say to this post. You have every right to feel anger at what is happening. We went through it with my cousin when he knocked up his girlfriend, then the next after jail, rehab…
    But I believe that it’s an illness. He needs help. Better help.
    I am sorry that you are going through this extremely difficult time.
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  15. August 1, 2017 / 1:16 PM

    I don’t think I can agree with your outlook. I have had so many family members and friends screwed up by this. I have seen it from many angles and KNOW that it’s more than what people assume it is. I definitely think everyone is entitled to their own outlook though. I’m with you, it gets me fired up as well.

    • Jenn
      August 1, 2017 / 2:10 PM

      Im not saying they arent screwed up from living a life of addiction but i do not think it is a disease since their choice got them addicted in the first place.

  16. Leigh Anne Borders
    August 1, 2017 / 5:25 PM

    I agree with you to a point. I do believe that it is a choice originally and for some time in the beginning. However, I do believe that after prolonged use there is an addiction to it. It takes great strength and willpower to overcome it. It is a battle every day. Insightful post.

    • Jenn
      August 2, 2017 / 8:47 PM

      It is an addiction is what my post is saying, not a disease…

  17. Sandy N Vyjay
    August 1, 2017 / 11:14 PM

    This is a wonderful post. Drug addiction is terrible not only to the person who takes it but also to the family members. It is definitely a choice and one must not waste this precious life in drugs!

  18. Anosa
    August 2, 2017 / 12:22 AM

    I don’t know any drug addicts or alcoholics but I agree taking drugs and drinking alcohol is a choice. Those who put drugs/alcohol and men over their kids shouldn’t have them to begin with.
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  19. Aprill
    August 2, 2017 / 8:53 AM

    Drug and alcohol is a mental health issue and a disease and there’s nothing you can do about it. Hear me out. I understand that you have a personal stake in the opinion you formed because you have a family member or friend that has relapsed and I would like to offer my condolences to you. I have a brother that was addicted to heroin for years. I used to be where you are.

    Drugs and alcohol have mind altering effects on the brain, especially methamphetamine and crack cocaine. They attached to receptors in the pleasure center of the brain and the attachment is so strong, no matter how much they use, they can never get high enough (this is one of the reasons for overdoses as well). Pair that with past traumatic experiences like rape, abuse, abandonment and you have a person that is addicted.

    Remember the black guy from True Blood that died recently? He was addicted to alcohol, we didn’t even know. Know why he died? His body couldn’t handle being without alcohol and his heart failed. I’m serious, google it. Ridding the body of drug and alcohol addiction is HARD. Very hard.

    Please take some time to properly educate yourself on drug and alcohol abuse and I hope that you can come back to this blog post in the future and laugh about how uneducated you were on the subject, and hopefully delete this blog post.

    This is also one of the reasons they almost demand family members and friends join AA meetings, because they dont understand.

    love <3

    • Jenn
      August 2, 2017 / 8:37 PM

      What you’re describing is what happens after they have made the decision(choice) to use the substance. In today’s society, most people should know that if they turn to drugs, they will most likely become addicted which affects their mind and body; unless they’ve lived a very sheltered life in a closet. There are no excuses for it.

      I knew this post would cause a debate, but that doesn’t mean I am going to delete it because someone doesn’t agree with my opinion.

      And for your information, a lot of my family members have and still battle addiction because they just can’t deal with life.

      • Nikoleta
        January 26, 2018 / 2:11 PM

        I am very disappointed to read that you and even your readers think drug addiction is not a disease. It is. It is a disease and not a personal choice. Drug addiction is very complex, the reason why people start abusing drugs are usually very complicated and the solution isn’t easy. But it is so important that in the difficult times you don’t turn your back to people who need your help the most just because you think they made a bad choice (which in fact wasn’t a choice). Your attitude is harmful and not only to you, to your family and friends but to all people who read this post and get influenced by it. You, of course, have the right to speak up your mind. But do you have ANY idea what this attitude may cause? It will not help the addicts. It will not help you either. Instead, it will make it worse as you will isolate those who are already hooked. You said lots of your family members battle addiction. No wonder. If they are surrounded by more people like you, there is no way they can get out. And the worst part about it is, that if you continue with spreading this unscientific claims, you might bring your children and those you love the most to start abusing drugs as well. Check out the facts. Stop the myths.

        • Jenn
          January 27, 2018 / 9:40 AM

          It’s people like you who feed people BS so they don’t take accountability for their actions. It is a CHOICE, a choice they made when they decided to take their first hit, needle, what have you. An actual disease is something you have no control over, ahem, like CANCER!!!!!

  20. January 19, 2018 / 1:21 PM

    Jenn, I’m sorry you are going through this. Having an addict in your life is NOT easy. I think it’s healthy that you are able to share your feelings on addiction. I do disagree. I believe addiction is a disease. What’s helped me and what I believe can help you is a copy of One Day at a Time. It’s taught me that I can’t control the addicts in my life, I can only control myself. If you can, maybe consider taking the kids to Alateen.

  21. Marcelo Martinez
    January 26, 2018 / 2:04 PM

    Unfortunately, your argument lacks of scientific evidence, you do have a choice whether to take the drug or not before the addiction occurs, but when a chemical or physiological dependence occurs, then there is a chemical reaction that happens in a person’s brain when they try to stop consuming. Addiction is a public health problem and needs to be treated as such. I am really sorry for what happened to those people, but you cannot spread false statements and not expect to be publicly addressed.

    • Jenn
      January 27, 2018 / 9:42 AM

      That’s what I said… a choice. What happens afterward I am not arguing with, but by that time, your choice affected the outcome of what happens next.

  22. SL
    August 2, 2019 / 10:42 AM

    You are absolutely entitled to your own opinion, but an opinion is not a fact. Facts can be backed up with scientific data or evidence and I see no scientific data in your post. Your post causes more harm by spreading misinformation and stigma. There is more evidence coming out every year that addiction is related to genetics. If someone takes a drink of alcohol, not knowing they are predisposed to addiction, then they are unaware that they are putting themselves at risk to a future struggling with addiction by drinking said alcohol. Addiction does not afflict my family (those I share DNA with) but my husband suffers from addiction. There are millions of Americans who suffer from addiction openly and more in silence, and most suffer in silence because of ignorance like yours. Please don’t let the pain you have experienced turn to bitterness that you then spread to others. Educated yourself with scientific data and then use that to do something positive.

    • Jenn
      August 3, 2019 / 10:18 PM

      and point me in the direction of peer-reviewed scientific data?

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