Anything Used Consistently That is Bad or Lethal, Can Be Considered an Addiction
Anything used consistently that is bad or lethal, can be considered an addiction. How do I know this? Because I am a heavy smoker and have done serious damage to my lungs, and continue to do so.
Do I feel powerless? Debatable. I quit once for 3 months, and when I started again, it was like I'd never stopped. The craving was and is almost insatiable. However, I don't feel that it is a disease. My brother who is an alcoholic and a member of "THE PROGRAM" says that science has discovered an addictive gene that can be passed down. Is that true? I don't know.
Even if this is true, it would not mean that a person would be prone to alcohol, but they would just have a predisposed disposition towards any kind of addiction. Yes, I said addiction, as that is what I believe it to be. A behavioural disorder if you will, that probably more people than not possess.
If there truly is some proof of an addictive gene, it does not give anyone the right to use that as an excuse, which I believe my brother does. I am slowly killing myself by smoking, but I do not deny that, and I also know that if I truly wanted to stop that I would. Not could, but would.
I do believe we have control, but some people just want to hide behind AA in order to be allowed the right to "fall off the wagon" again, as that is what AA preaches.
I believe that alcoholism was lumped into the "Disease" category years ago, back in the good old days when the world was run by the good old boys to create a fail safe method for many wealthy Judges, Lawyers, Police Captains, etc...in order to keep them safe from losing their jobs. After all, you can't be fired for having a disease, can you?