More on – Is Drug Addiction a Disease?

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If you are researching or studying the subject of addiction, you will come across many statements that addiction is a disease. Many professionals and government agencies present this statement in the guise of a proven theory. The idea can be very convincingly presented with plenty of scientific evidence and brain scan images.

But if addiction can be overcome based on a completely different premise, this seems to disprove the necessity of believing that addiction is a just a physiological disease.

What are the Advantages of Classifying Addiction as a Disease?

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There are several. First, it places addiction into the realm of medicine. With 22 million customers in the US alone and tens of millions more outside the US, this creates a broad customer base for the medical industry. Pharmaceutical industries are hard at work creating new drugs that they can market to this industry.

Historically, pharmaceutical companies have already marketed heroin, morphine, codeine, opium, methadone, buprenorphine and its formulations as Suboxone and Subutex, Antabuse and other medications into the addiction treatment field. Some of these drugs are given for an extended period of time — sometimes for years, meaning a steady business for the pharmaceutical companies.

Since most of these drugs are opioids, pharmaceutical companies are working on medications to treat addiction to stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine. There is one doctor who has been working for 25 years to develop a “vaccine” that would prevent people from feeling the stimulating effects of a drug like cocaine.

The claim that there are “dual diagnoses” — in other words, that there is a secondary condition existing in many addicted people — that can be treated with other medications opens the door to prescribing and selling benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, anti-depressants and other drugs to those in treatment for addiction.

Next, it is far easier to operate within the confines of insurance coding when medical science can say that addiction can be classed as a disease.

Additionally, when someone believes that addiction is a disease, they may fear that using nutritional, faith-based or alternative methods of overcoming addition may be ineffective. In fact, all these aspects of addiction recovery have been known to help people live clean, sober lives after addiction.

A Better Definition of Addiction

Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental and physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on the abused substance and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the addictive substance is rapidly decreased or terminated.

A Unique Approach

The Narconon drug rehab program takes a unique approach towards addiction treatment. It is a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of addiction. The first step in the Narconon program is a drug-free withdrawal, made more tolerable through the use of nutritional support and caring one-on-one work with experienced staff.

Next is the Narconon New Life Detoxification, an innovative program designed to rid the system of residue drugs that remain long after drug use lodged in the fatty tissues of the body. Through the use of moderate exercise, vitamin and mineral supplements and time in a low heat sauna, these stored toxins are eliminated, flushed out of the body thoroughly.

Another important aspect of the Narconon program is to give the recovering person the tools and knowledge he needs to go back into the world and live a life without drugs. He must learn how to deal with not only the damaged areas of his life but also learn how to make his life follow a sane and productive course, maintaining his new sober existence. The Narconon Life Skills Courses give him this opportunity.

Before you commit to any drug recovery philosophy, talk to a Narconon intake counselor and learn more about this program. It may be the one and only rehabilitation program you or your loved one will ever need.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.