Addiction: Is it a Disease or a Learned Behavior?

Is addiction a disease or is it a learned behavior?


I wanted to address this semi-controversial topic because recently, we’ve seen a lot of ads for inpatient facilities that offer a holistic approach to recovery and addiction treatment.  However, upon doing some further investigation and research, most of them appear to view addiction as a learned behavior rather than as a disease.  So which one is it?

The Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™ organization and community supports the disease model of addiction.  There is plenty of evidence demonstrating how it possesses genetic predisposition characteristics similar to other illnesses.  Thus, while addictive tendencies can be exacerbated by how we interpret circumstances and the environment we believe that the root cause of addiction is genetic rather than a learned behavior.

But regardless of how one views addiction, treatment modalities remain very similar if not exactly the same.  Our organization/community rejects a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment and similar to these treatment facilities ,we recognize multiple treatment modalities and support a holistic approach to recovery.

In the disease model, addiction doesn’t possess a cure and much like a cancer, it can only be sent into remission while the principles of recovery are being practiced.  Addictive behavior scan return at any time if the recovering addicts stops practicing sobriety.  See “Warning Signs of Addiction” for more information.  Similarly, many of these recovery inpatient facilities that view addiction as a learned behavior recognize that addictive habits may return and/or continue after treatment if the skills and techniques the addict has learned during their stay are not continued after the leave the program.

While a debate clearly exists about its root cause, I personally feel that it shouldn’t divide us.  Since the methods for treating addiction is virtually the same, we see great benefit to many of these inpatient facilities and stand with the good ones who are truly helping heroin and opiate users conquer their addiction.

To discuss this and other addiction and recovery related topics with recovering addicts, counselors and medical professionals, visit our heroin addiction & recovery discussion forum.

Written and Published By,

William – Publisher and Founder of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™

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