Essay on Is Addiction a Disease

873 Words Mar 22nd, 2008 4 Pages
Is addiction a disease? This question has long been debated and not just among the medical community. It seems if you ask this question to any random people you can find varying opinions on the issue. Stanley Peele's wrote an article which argues that addiction is not a disease and the growing influence of addiction as a disease will create problems within our society. Stanley presents several arguments for his points, however these are not strong enough arguments for people to consider his point of view. Addiction is not a disease, because addiction is a choice, it's something a person does and not has, and it refers to a behavior. This essay will expand on Stanley Peele's arguments.

Addiction has generally been attributed to drug
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Stanley Peele addresses the issue, that addiction is now becoming accepted by others as more than just drug addiction but other forms of addictions as well. While Peele does state this, he doesn't support his point with significant evidence, which is why it is important to expand on this issue, to understand why addiction is not a disease. Other forms of addiction include: addiction to food, to video games, to internet, to television, to shopping, to gambling… The list is quite long as to what people have become addicted to. All of these forms of addictions are not that different from drugs, as they are sought after to satisfy a feeling. Addiction to food is usually not the sole cause for this, as people turn may turn to food as it may provide them with levels of comfort and satisfaction that they crave. This may be damaging but once certain insecurities or feelings are satisfied the addiction to food may be out grown. This applies to other for of addiction as well, such as addiction video games. This has been an issue among the youth, as they become addicted to playing games. But in many cases you will find that kids who become addicted to games are not very social and use games to escape the reality and provide them with satisfaction and reward. Again in many cases exposing kids to social environments such as

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