• developing drug addiction and/or alcoholism.
  • development of the disease.
  • Knowing this, one can believe addiction is a disease.

The biggest argument is that is a choice not a disease.

Arthritis is a common disease that develops among people as they age.

Osteoporosis is also a disease that causes bone density to decrease.

The big question regarding addiction is whether it is a choice, or a disease one acquires....
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Radical Deterioration of family relationshipsNow thinks: "responsibilities interfere with my drinking/using"Physical and moral deteriorationUnreasonable resentmentsLoss of "will power" and onset of lengthy drunks/highsUrgent need for morning drink/drugGeographical escape attemptedPersistent remorseImpaired thinking and memory lossSuccessive Lengthy Drunks/highsLoss of familyDecrease in alcohol/drug toleranceHospital/sanitariumUndefinable fearsUnable to initiate action; extreme indecisivenessAll alibis exhaustedUnable to work; obsession with drinking/usingComplete abandonment: "I don't care"Continued Deterioration

"(Drug addiction) is a disease that tells you that you don’t have it.

However, it is not necessary these children will definitely become alcohol addicts.
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Selected excerpts from the book address many long-held myths about alcoholism and its treatment. Also included are definitions of alcohol treatment terminology.


: Alcohol is predominantly a sedative or depressant drug.

This surely proves that genetics plays a significant role in a person becoming an alcohol addict.
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Jaundice is one of the common types of liver diseases that refers to the golden yellow appearance of skin and sclera. It results from too much accumulation of bilirubin in the body fluids. Jaundice is first noticeable in the sclera of the eyes. You call this yellow discoloration of the sclera as icterus. Jaundice is evident in skin when serum bilirubin level is 2.5 to 3 mg/dL.

Studies have also found a strong link between alcohol addiction and antisocial behavior.
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A disease is more of an uncontrollable condition that needs medical attention, whereas an addiction can be resolved with a little persistence and desire for life alterations....

: Alcohol is harmful and poisonous to the alcoholic.

Increasing dependence on alcohol/drugsPreoccupation with drinking/drugging activitiesDrinking/using bolstered with excusesFeeling guilty about drinking/usingIrritability when drinking/using is discussedTremors and early morning drinks/drugsAvoid non-drinking/non-using situationsDishonesty in non-drinking/using activitiesIncreased memory blackoutsLoss of other interest/unable to discuss problemsPromises and resolutions fail repeatedlyGrandiose and aggressive behaviorNeglect of food/controlled drinking/using failsFamily, work, money problemsFamily and friends avoided; drinking/using alone (secretly)Possible job loss

: Addiction to alcohol is often psychological.

Separating myth from reality is not an easy task. Myth is, in fact, reality for many people; to suggest another reality exists is to turn their world upside down. But if the truth about alcoholism is ever to be understood, the myths must be attacked and destroyed. Only facts can destroy myths; and facts are the backbone of this book.

: When the alcoholic is drinking, he reveals his true personality.

Being addicted to something such as drugs, alcohol, food, etc., is not due to someone waking up one day and saying 'hey, I would really enjoy not being able to cope without a substance.' It is mostly due to deeper issues like depression or influences, things of that nature, which lead someone on the path for their search of an escape....

Alcohol use was not an issue at anytime in my families.

Reality: Alcohol’s pharmacological effects change with the amount drunk. In small quantities, alcohol is a stimulant. In large quantities, alcohol acts as a sedative. In all amounts, however, alcohol provides a rich and potent source of calories and energy.