Why Is Addiction Classified as a Disease?

Question by cagewalker: Why is addiction classified as a disease?
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Here is the definition of disease:
a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms.
Also, can we address the issue of “loss of control” here.

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Answer by Troubled Parent?
Addictions are classified as diseases because they can hurt/kill the person and supposivly the person can’t help it. Personally I think that that is a load of crap. It might be hard, but if someone has enough will power and wants to quit and additicion they can. I know people that have quit smoking crank cold turkey after smoking it nearly every day for nearly five years! Don’t tell me everyone can’t do that. It’s completly metal.

Answer by sweetness
nicer word for it perhaps….
to me, an addiction is an addiction….whether it be to drugs, obsession, over eating its all an addiction….
today compared to years ago, are newer and some what nicer names to call things, BUT, the bottom line is, it is still an addiction…
perhaps if society stops making nicer words to describe something, and take all that energy into helping people with addictions, the world be a nice place…

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