Addiction is a Disease (part 3)

Addiction is considered a progressive disease. Now, let’s look at the second part of that definition.

DISEASE – disorder of structure or function. Most diseases are disorders of structure. For example, diabetes is caused by a failure of the pancreas, which is a disorder of structure. Addiction, on the other hand, is a disorder of function. The primary function of the human brain is survival. In fact, the primordial urge of all living things is to live. A cockroach runs from you when you try to step on it. Why? It wants to live. Plants grow toward sunlight. Why? They want to survive. Thus, anything that preempts that urge is a disorder of the brain’s most basic function: survival. Addiction is a mental disease. Rehab is a mental institution. And as with most other diseases, there is a treatment for it. That’s what we’ll discuss next.

To be continued…

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