There are just about as many opinions as there are people. But opinions are sometimes nothing more than urban myths passed on as empirical fact. Addiction is the type of topic where uninformed opinion spreads like the Zika virus. New research in the neuroscience of addiction has led to a better understanding and created medical interventions that need to go mainstream. So what do you think about addiction as a medical issue?
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Here's an example that may give some context to the addiction as a disease debate. Many people successfully rid themselves of type II diabetes by exercising & adopting a healthy diet. No doubt it requires self-initiated change. See the similarity
The variation of drug effects on people is certainly true. But anyone who uses opioids consistently over a relatively short period of time will suffer from physical dependence if not outright addiction. There are also millions of amphetamine addicts2
Excellent post. However, neurological research reveals the evolution of brain structure and chemistry through prolonged use of intoxicants. Combined with compulsion, addiction is powerful. The use of opioids will produce dependence in a short time.
Your points are on the money. However, addiction does chage the actual physiology of our most important organ: the brain. Recent neurological studies illustrate, not only in MRI scans, a chemical rewiring of the frontal lobe's primary jobs.