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Addiction Recovery:A Bad Person Trying To Become Good Or A Sick Person Trying To Become Well?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:02pm

There is still a debate out there as to whether or not addiction should be considered a disease or a sort of mental disorder of the weak willed. It seems that these two schools of thought will never find common ground on what truly causes addiction.

I have been on both sides of the fence. At one time, I didn’t want to believe that it was a disease. I wanted to think that possibly this was something that I brought on myself from lack of will power or self discipline and that possibly, since this wasn’t a disease, I would be able to go back to using “every once in a while”.

Now however, after a lot of reading up on the subject, I can accept the fact that addiction is a disease which was with me far before ever drinking my first beer or taking my first pill. Something causes my mind to work in an addictive thinking pattern and it is that addictive thinking pattern which is truly the disease.

It is easy to lose sight of why and how I got into this situation though. It often leaves me pondering that old addiction recovery question: Am I a bad person trying to become good or am I a sick person trying to become well? Read the rest of this entry »

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