Substance abused problems AKA alcoholics / drug addicts. Disease? Choice? Forced addiction? What do you consider addiction to be, and why? (Being born into addiction because of your mother having substance problems does not count here) (Forced into addiction through any type of event is also not included in this thread) Me, personally, I consider it a choice. It may not be a choice to get addicted, it may not be a choice made on your own, it may not be a choice that you have ever even thought about. For addiction to start, you have to make the choice to try something, at some point something happened at some point in life and someone tried the drug/alcohol, and because they liked it or just had an addictive personality or felt it was good to help cope with problems they got addicted to it, or those things. In the end of things, I do not believe the addiction itself is a disease, it can be a part of your personality or you can just like something. The overall outcome is that it takes absolute will power to over come from an addiction, un-like a disease which you're usually born with or obtain in life like cancer, you can not just use will power and get rid of it. I do feel bad for people like myself and others who struggle with substances here and there, or full blown addicts who are homeless and lost everything, but eventually people will want to change and they will eventually change for themselves or will die to the addiction. Addiction in many ways can feel like a disease, but the true reality in my opinion is that it is not. What are your opinions? I am excluding forced substance use. I am excluding passed on substance use from mother.