Addiction: A Crime or an Illness? #BlogChatterA2Z

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Addiction is a divisive subject in the world of mental health care.

Some people consider it a mental illness and others think it is the conscious decision of a person. There are countries where someone who has substance addiction is allowed to get treatment at the same level as any other mental illness. There are others where it is a crime and people with it stand to be prosecuted under the nation’s laws. Yet, the DSM and ICD include addiction disorders in their list of mental disorders.

Many people feel that those who are addicted to substances are a burden on the whole family. Those who believe that itis a mental illness think that they need our support and compassion in fighting this ‘illness’.

What do you think?

Is addiction a mental illness that can be cured or is it a personality trait that should be prosecuted by law?

Where do we draw the line between a crime and an illness?


7 Comments

Rashi Roy · April 1, 2019 at 4:02 AM

I think it’s not a crime … it can be cured.

writershilpa · April 1, 2019 at 5:36 AM

It’s absolutely not a crime. It’s an illness that needs care and treatment and loads of love!

Namratha Varadharajan · April 1, 2019 at 6:09 AM

I couldn’t say. Depends on the type of addiction. Addiction comes in many forms and it is not easy to generalize without considering the specific type of addiction

Sunita · April 1, 2019 at 9:14 AM

Very difficult decision. How can we differentiate where cure ends and addiction begins.

Abhijit · April 1, 2019 at 7:53 PM

If addiction is a conscious decision, then one should be able to get out of an addiction at will. But it does not happen. Instead, addiction drives a person along its whims and fancy. Most of our activity are guided by interaction between brain chemicals. It is naive to assert that we have control over the release of brain chemicals that work towards forcing certain habits.

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