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Is drug addiction a mental illness or a personal choice?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Addiction= disease

Addiction is a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual disease.

In brief: Addiction= disease

Addiction is a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual disease.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Joel Feiner
.....which is treatable.
Dr. Martin Raff
A personal choice which is often dictated by needs not necessarily apparent to those dealing with the individual. Always needs professional help.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Physiologic illness

People may choose to try drugs but i doubt anyone chooses to become an addict.
People prone to drug & alcohol addiction tend to metabolize drugs differently than "normals." these genetic differences are associated with tendencies to anxiety & depression, so these people often try drugs to self-medicate and become addicted. See http://mhof.Net/articles/pdfs/6.Pdf for more info on this.

In brief: Physiologic illness

People may choose to try drugs but i doubt anyone chooses to become an addict.
People prone to drug & alcohol addiction tend to metabolize drugs differently than "normals." these genetic differences are associated with tendencies to anxiety & depression, so these people often try drugs to self-medicate and become addicted. See http://mhof.Net/articles/pdfs/6.Pdf for more info on this.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Joel Feiner
Anxiety and depression and psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder.
Dr. Joel Feiner
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Illness: phys./menta

Addiction may begin as a choice and evolve, sometimes rapidly into an addiction, likely the development of a dependency that emerges in the brain.
Must admit it, seek help from experts and former addicts, medication may help in some situations, 12 step groups are often effective. It must be taken very seriously. Can be fatal through overdose, vehicle accident, mixing drugs. Addiction may coexist.

In brief: Illness: phys./menta

Addiction may begin as a choice and evolve, sometimes rapidly into an addiction, likely the development of a dependency that emerges in the brain.
Must admit it, seek help from experts and former addicts, medication may help in some situations, 12 step groups are often effective. It must be taken very seriously. Can be fatal through overdose, vehicle accident, mixing drugs. Addiction may coexist.
Dr. Joel Feiner
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