Are people that are addicted to opiates weak?

Do people relapse on opiates because they are weak? Is the fact they can’t stop using because they lack willpower?

Let’s just look at what it takes to go into recovery.

When someone goes into recovery, they face withdrawal first. I can’t speak to this in first person because I’ve never been through it. But Charles had and it looked brutal. Those that finally go into recovery often have no money, no place to live, no car, and few possessions. They might have lost their job and spent time in jail.

The behavior related to their illness has sometimes estranged … Read more...

Is addiction a disease or a choice?

Some people believe that using drugs is a choice. That it’s the person with addiction who is at fault because they dared to try drugs in the first place.

Most of us have abused a drug at some point in our lives–whether that’s a cigarette, alcohol, marijuana or  a prescription medication.

Most of us are able to stop.

But for those who are predisposed, the brain engages instantly. All of a sudden that drug fills in a blank their life has been missing.

I have kept this quote from Brian Cuban, who wrote the following in an article called  How Read more...