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Just own it

My personal belief is that addiction is an illness, a chronic lifelong illness, and whether clean or sober I will always be an addict.

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances.

Most of society challenge that addiction is an illness. But an addict never chooses to prioritise drugs over his or her's own child. Only a psychopath would make that choice. No addict ever wants to make that choice. Addiction is not a choice.

An addict, whether that be someone addicted to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, sex...the list goes on...will battle with their addiction until the day they die.

Just because I have a drug addiction does not make me any worse than somebody who has an addiction to smoking.

I have never robbed old ladies handbags, stolen off the people closest to me, or used violence as a means to feed my habit. I chose not to cross that line. Do not allow addicts to justify that behaviour on their addiction, because if I made the choice not to cross that line, they also have that choice.

An addict makes the choice to buy drugs just as much as the dealer makes the choice to sell drugs.

Yet the punishment falls solely on the shoulders of the drug dealer. Maybe it's time to punish both the addict and the dealer equally?

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