Drug addiction is NOT a disease

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Smut

I feel a rant coming on.  I unfortunately visited my least favorite author’s blog again and saw another pathetic attempt at her trying to rationalize others being politically incorrect.  A popular celebrity died the other day. I knew about it already, since it was unfortunately plastered all over Facebook over the weekend.  I personally disliked this actor.  I thought he was creepy, and every role I’d ever seen him in made me dislike him more and more.  I’ve even avoided movies if I knew he was in them. Suffice to say I don’t really care that he has died, and apparently it was from a drug overdose.  I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for him because he suffered from this “disease”.  Problem is that it’s not a disease. It’s something he and the rest of the addicts do to themselves.  No one forced them to start doing drugs. They did it to themselves. Let me post the definition of a disease:

a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

That last part of the definition clearly states that is can’t be a direct result of physical injury. If we stab ourselves with a knife or shoot ourselves in the head, no one can say we died from the disease called blood loss.  So if someone shoots heroin into their veins and dies from it, that is not a disease.  It could be considered suicide, but that’s about it. I don’t feel sorry for people with addictions, be it drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, because in all those cases, those people started doing it to themselves. They could have and should have stopped before it got to be too much to handle, but they didn’t. Maybe from weakness or stupidity, but they did it to themselves.  So please stop calling addiction a disease, because it’s not.

Nowadays, just about everything is labeled a disease.  Being overweight is not a disease, but some people are trying to say it is. Eating disorders aren’t a disease either.  They are disorders.  Everyone needs to stop confusing disorders with disease, and stop bitching at others who don’t show the amount of sympathy that you think they should.  Be careful of your glass houses before you keep throwing stones everywhere.  Eventually one of your own rocks will break that pedestal you’re standing on.  Try not to cut yourself as you fall.

 

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