This issue has been in the media a lot lately "drug addiction" crime or illness
Do you think it's a crime or illness (disease)!
Both a crime, & an illness in my opinion...A drug addict has already committed the crime on themselves, & now their ill....I'm talking about the normal person who is led by peer pressure by their mates or life etc, to try hard drugs in the first place....Once their addicted their no longer responsible for their actions as far as getting drugs anymore, but never the less should still be punished if committing crimes in the process of getting their drugs....So they should be helped, but also punished....I still say society is exactly how the Government wants it, & i'm pretty sure if our government was really bothered about it, they'd do something about stopping drugs coming into the country in the first place.
Laws create crimes.
We as a society have (chosen) to enact laws against certain activities. It's only because drug use is illegal that it is a crime.
Addiction on the other hand is not a choice. Not every drinker becomes an alcoholic and not every drug user becomes an addict. This would suggest there is something biologically or chemically taking place within the addict's brain that causes them to overdo a thing or crave it to the point of not being able to function without obsessively thinking about it.
We see people who weigh 400lbs and up to 800lbs. Clearly there is a "food addiction", someone who watches porn throughout the day and even doing so on their job, or another who has to go to the casino or racetrack multiple times a week to place bets is getting a "rush" that could cause them to jeopardize their relationships, employment, health, and financial stability has problems.
We still consider lung cancer to be a disease even if a person (chose) to smoke cigarettes for 30 years! We also consider cirrhosis of the liver to be a disease even if that person (chose) to drink a bottle of scotch every night!
The primary reason why we debate whether or not drug addiction is a disease is because drug use is illegal.
We also tend to view "recreational" or "sin" activities differently than we do other things. Some people believe addicts (deserve) to be ill for what they've done to themselves and yet if a person dies from a heart attack due to their high fat and high cholesterol diet with no exercise regime we cut them some slack. It's not illegal to gorge on cheeseburgers/pizza & ice cream.
I guess I would say the act of getting addicted is the crime, but that only applies if the drugs are illegal, prescription drugs being taken by people who didn't have them prescribed to them, or people taking any drug (prescription or OTC) for the wrong reason (to get high instead of relieve the pain, cold symptoms, etc). I can't call someone who develops an addiction to prescription or OTC meds when they're being used properly a criminal. The actual addiction, whether physical or psychological I consider an illness.
I believe its a disease. a self-inflicted one, but a disease none the less. It does need to be treated, simply throwing an addict in a jail cell isn't helping them, and this is clearly evidenced by the years of failure we've had thus far.
It is an illness (substance use disorder) ranging from mild to severe.
Of course people with an addiction can commit crimes (like every one of us).
There's an interesting and very readable discussion on the criteria used to diagnose Substance Use Disorder here at addictions.about.com/od/aboutaddiction/a/Dsm-5-Criteria-For-Substance-Use-Disorders.htm
by Augustine A Zavala5 years ago
Between drug and alcohol addiction, which one is more destructive?What are the emotional, monetary, and generational cost?
by unfazed4eva6 years ago
HOW THE GOVERMENT CAN HELP ADDICTS!Im a recovering addict who has spent my fare share of time in the system to find the right rehabilitation.The biggest problem is that you can prescribe methadone till the cows come...
by mischeviousme6 years ago
http://youtu.be/8WhFhDOjUg0He's actually a pretty decent guy.
by Audrey Selig3 years ago
Why do you think the drug companies today spend so much money on media ads and not on research?In the past, very few drugs were advertised, and it seems in the last ten years media overloads us with these ads. I know it...
by nikki18 years ago
by Jenna Quinn17 months ago
Is recovery from iv drug addiction attainable in an adult womanIf the woman has many Complications, depression, marriage nearly demolished, anxiety, severe grief. PTSD from childhood abuse. Loss of family and friends on...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.