Make no mistake, drug addiction takes a toll on the user and everyone close to them. It can lead users to lose their jobs, abandon their friends, and steal money just to buy drugs and alcohol. When people choose to try substances, they are taking a huge risk. This has led many to ask the question, “Is addiction a disease or a choice?”
Although science has confirmed that addiction is indeed a chronic disease, some individuals and groups still believe that it’s a path that you choose. We’ll explore both of these views and explain the reasoning behind them. We hope that you gain a better understanding of how drug addiction affects the body and brain.