I treat people with addiction, present and lecture on the topic, and have done program development around addiction treatment. It is absurd and ignorant to look at alcoholism as nothing but a behavior. Genetic research has identified genes that contribute to the susceptiblity of becoming addicted, part of why some are more prone to it than others. Understanding that alcoholism is a disease does not create a victim. It frees the individual from being a slave to whatever they are addicted to. The choice that someone has... as they do with any disease, is whether they treat their disease or not.
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Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
So when someone becomes an addict, they will always be an addict. All that will change is whether they are abusing their addiction or staying sober.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
If my younger brother is genetically predisposed to becoming an alcoholic - what happened to my sister and I? Why can we drink in moderation and he cannot? All three of us started underage drinking, difference is, her and I did it socially and minimally. My brother chose to drink his 'problems' away. I have a very hard time understanding it to be a disease that is somehow out of someone's control, when there are others who may come from the same genetic makeup and never have a problem with it.
I'm still curious as to what other addictions are considered 'diseases'? I am positive that once a person is an addict they will always be an addict - whether that is to cigarettes, alcohol or hard drugs... but how many of these things are also labeled a disease and if that's the case - why won't health insurance help pay for treatment of these diseases?
The disease is really a genetic lack of dopamine receptors in the brain. Or possibly that the dopamine triggers don't function like those in the non-alcoholic, non-addictive brain. Alcoholics aren't happy when they are sober and they only kid themselves that they are happy when they're drinking. There will be some satisfaction experienced by the recovering alcoholic, due to being able to interact with family and friends, and even to remember those good times. It's sad to maintenance drink and never get off, only to keep sickness at bay.
The mind altering "party on" people spend all of their time chasing that which is unachievable; happiness.
Edit: I have found that I can trigger my dopamine by eating extremely hot peppers.
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It is quite possible that those other things you mention might also be diseases with with their own genetic commonalities.
Insurance doesn't pay for several reasons, none of which have to do with facts about the nature of alcoholism. The basic reason is that insurance doesn't pay for anything society doesn't insist it should pay for.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
oh dear. people need to educate themselves.
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
It's difficult to say exactly how it works...
For example, am I more pre-disposed to addiction because when I was 3 years old, I stole an entire can of beer and drank it. Or as it was back in the day you dipped your babies pacifier in wine or beer and gave it to them to soothe them.
I know the younger you drink the more likely it is you can develop alcoholism.
But also my moms dad was an alcoholic (Not a violent or dysfunctional one, he had a good job, he was a good man, he never did anything wrong he just happened to drink alot) but as far as I know, niether my mom, or her 2 young brothers developed alcoholism... but I, I suppose somehow did.
Again, it's difficult to say how these things work, as John McCain once said "I'm not an expert on some of this stuff"