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3,371 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by pennywise

Is addiction a choice?


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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/2/07 - 2:45:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think so... people wouldn't choose to be a meth head. its a choice to start, and try something for the first time though...
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/2/07 - 2:51:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a choice to start taking drugs, it's not a choice to get addicted. I've been addicted to cigarettes, and quitting was horrible. I can't imagine what the withdrawal would be like for addicts of hard drugs.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/2/07 - 5:18:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think that people have a choice when they want to try something new like drugs or cigarettes or alcohol. I don't think they can control how dependant they are from those things so I'd say no, addiction is not a choice.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/3/07 - 3:31:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think when people decide to try an addictive substance they know from the get go that it could get them addicted, so in my opinion it is a choice
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/3/07 - 3:55:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I choose to look at titties very often. I'd say yes.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/5/07 - 12:12:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it all starts from trying something for the first time.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 10:58:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/5/2007 12:12:44 AM psyndrone wrote:
Yes, it all starts from trying something for the first time.

I don't think anyone testing something out is 'choosing' addiction. You're are simply putting yourself at risk. I've had cigarettes but I didn't choose to be addicted and luckily I gave up after a few packets. Why would anyone choose addiction?

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 11:00:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
you don't choose addiction, but you can choose to not try to recover from it.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 11:31:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
For the most part we choose what addictive substances we put into our bodies. I say yes, the same way I would say a smoker chooses to have bad lungs.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 11:40:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
We choose to put addictive substances in our bodies, but I don't think anyone plans to become addicted to said substance.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 11:42:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
They know the substance has that risks, so they are choosing it.
If I chose to throw knives in the air, I would be blamed for when someone got hurt, even if I didn't plan on someone getting hurt.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 5:55:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
But you weren't necessarily choosing to hurt someone, so much as choosing to do something with bad consequences that you were hoping not to deal with.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 6:20:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe if you choose to do something, you also choose all effects that the decision might have. You may think differently, and thats fine.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 8:49:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
At the risk of stating the obvious, addiction means that you can't bring yourself to stop...so no.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:40:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2007 8:49:01 PM Qpax wrote:
At the risk of stating the obvious, addiction means that you can't bring yourself to stop...so no.

You mean smokers can't quit?
Junkies can't fully recover?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:44:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they *can* physically force themselves to quit, but they don't choose to keep on doing it in the same way as an unaddicted person. It's a compulsion - although everyone else may see it differently, the person addicted often believes they have no choice. Which in their minds removes the option of not continuing.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:45:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes and no. I think it's a choice to try the thing in the first place that is known to cause addiction, but people screw up, and I'm sure no one would choose to become addicted to something.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:51:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2007 9:44:09 PM Qpax wrote:
Of course they *can* physically force themselves to quit, but they don't choose to keep on doing it in the same way as an unaddicted person. It's a compulsion - although everyone else may see it differently, the person addicted often believes they have no choice. Which in their minds removes the option of not continuing.

See you admit they can. What else matters. If they want to be f*cktards thats there problem, we shouldn't try to take the blame off their shoulders. IT IS THEIR OWN FAULT that they are addicted.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:52:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
You choose to start using any addictive substance (not necessarily an addictive behavior though) knowing full well that it could be addictive. After that substance has sucked you dry and you are at the end of your rope, you choose to stop or don't (and die of most substances that are addictive).

So yes, in a way it is a choice, and I say that as a former addict.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 9:56:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/8/2007 9:51:23 PM tinsley wrote:
See you admit they can. What else matters. If they want to be f*cktards thats there problem, we shouldn't try to take the blame off their shoulders. IT IS THEIR OWN FAULT that they are addicted.

Perhaps so, but my point is that as far as they're concerned, there is no choice.
Okay, there is technically, but I think it's a bit simplistic to think that you can just 'decide' to quit one day. What you're saying by that is not 'addiction is a choice', but 'addiction doesn't exist'. Because if people can all give up so easily, they can't be that addicted.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 10:06:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well it's not an accident.

"Oops, I accidentally shot up some heroin today instead of taking my insulin shot!"

"Oh damn, did I put cocaine on my cereal instead of sugar again?"

Yeah. Accident my fat black ass.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 10:12:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Qpax, I'm not saying it doesn't exist or that it isn't hell to quit. Simply stating that it is a choice. It was their choice to start, and even if it is difficult, it is their choice to stop.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 10:22:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ah, well I'm working under the assumption that they chose to try whatever it was to begin with, but not to get addicted. Perhaps they think they won't, but are mistaken.
And I agree that it is a choice to *try* and quit, I just mean that a compulsion is a bit like a mental disorder, and their own mind won't let them quit, even if they consciously want to. Of course, my view of addiction may be wrong, as I've never experienced it.

You're probably right, I just think that our perception of choice is not shared by those who are addicted.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/8/07 - 10:56:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
And you may be right, they may believe they have no choice. Or may even say, "ok I'm not gonna do it anymore" but then right when it comes within reach they forget everything and are right back to it.
The second bit is just from my own little experience.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/13/07 - 9:26:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
You can choose an addiction but you don't choose to be addicted no.

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