One of today’s arguments is if addiction is a choice or disease. Labeling addiction is less important than treating it. Today’s prompt asks to you to argue for the opposite side as what you believe, so I will argue on the side of addiction being a choice
First, addiction is the act of taking a substance into your body so often that it acclimates to the substance’s presence. When without the substance, the body suffers. It is a state of dependence on a chemical caused by a person’s poor life choices. Addiction is not a disease, but a consistent pattern of behavior leading to various diseases.
Second, calling addiction a disease absolves the person of responsibility. If you call a person is “sick”, you feel sorry for them. In reality, addiction is foolish behavior. Even desperate addicts can control themselves enough to work. They could at any point gather enough reserve and self-will to break the cycle of addiction. When you call addiction a behavior and not a disease, you create the hope for change.
Any changes in the brain and body are not the result of illness, but the result of a persistent alteration of lifestyle and negative behavior.