Most of the health insurance companies treat addiction also as a disease. As the theory of disease has plenty of powerful political backing behind it. There is nothing wrong if you become addicted, as it can be treated.
Addiction as a disease, is an American way of thinking. This decides what is our tolerance level with different medicines and drugs. This also gives an opportunity to ship many more drugs from outside the country and earn a profit from them.
If addiction is really a disease why do a number of people heal their addictions without any treatment or medicine? About 75 per cent of Vietnam veterans who were heroin-addicted could just kick their drug habit when they came back home.
Addiction is not in fact a disease but a nasty habit according to one famous neuroscientist who himself was addicted for a pretty long time. In the non 12 step rehab program too it is emphasized that you need to have control over your willpower and that you have the control to make healthier life choices.
There are cases where people had relapse because of alcohol addiction but also at the same time there are examples where many alcoholic people have turned into moderate social drinkers just by using their will power and nothing else.
Many people often say that they are powerless against alcohol and therefore such people need to be guided in a recovery type- setting to really beat their urges to drink. Therefore, any psychologist must empower the addicted person to exercise control in their mind rather than giving up so easily.
As a matter of fact, many people have good reasons to argue that they are powerless to over their desire when they see any delicious food or a sexy woman or alcoholic drink. It is too easy to give up against lust, greed and addiction.
However, now experts have established that a person can be trained psychologically on how to fight against their addiction habit by simply exercising their will power. Hence, addiction doesn’t have to be treated as a disease.