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The above quote reflects a view I believe whole-heartedly.  If we were to talk about addiction as a choice, then people would think of it as a choice, and furthermore, they would behave as if it were a choice.  Unfortunately, the person who spoke this quote, Joe Biden, said it while introducing the Recognizing Addiction As A Disease Act Of 2007.  It’s too bad that he doesn’t realize that the view of addiction as a disease is a self-defeating philosophy (also, it’s just plain inaccurate).
The very need for a law to declare addiction as a disease serves as proof that the disease theory is suspect.  Passage of this bill would provide fuel for a classic appeal to authority: “look, the government says it’s a disease, so it must be true.”

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