Report Alcoholism and Labeling in Ethics Posted November 13, 2010 · Edited November 13, 2010 by Kori Jake_Ellison: "so don't even drink if you were adopted" HaHa. Mmmcanniballism: "the gene that makes you crave something that makes you happy...has an evolutionary advantage." Isn't happiness a result of value judgements, not genetics? Assuming a gene for addiction is possible, it would survive evolution very long, considering all addicts I've seen are completely dependent on others and often detrimental to those same people. I use the term addicts because that is the generally accepted term for people who abuse drugs, not because I believe addiction exists. Finally, as far as addiction-recovery programs are concerned, isn't it in their best interest to convince someone that they are addicted, have no control, and therefore require the assistance of professionals. I relate this to the medical and specifically the pharmaceutical industry, where nearly every medicine it seems has a risk of suicide as a withdrawal symptom. So don't stop taking the medicine, because you might kill yourself! As a person who is an addict and has been in an outpatient treatment, I can tell you your assertion about treatment facilities and professionals is untrue. From my experience, the professionals at these places don't 'convince you' that you're addicted and have no control. When I entered into treatment (voluntarily), it was because my life was becoming unmanageable as a result of drug use/addiction. The professionals at this facility hold the addicts accountable for their actions. They don't tell you that you have 'no control', rather, you DO have control, and you DO have the power to make the decisions it takes to live a sober life. All I know is that I hate that the mental health establishment labels you an addict for life even if you break your addiction. Seems that if you quit, you're not an alcoholic anymore. If you had a disease such as diabetes, you can't magically not be diabetic any longer. However, if you eat a healthy diet, take the proper medicine, exercise, etc. you can manage your diabetes and live your life. The four criteria for a disease are that a disease is I. Primary, II. Progressive, III. Chronic, and IV. Fatal. Addiction meets all of these criteria. There are things an addict, just like a diabetic, can do to manage their disease, but they are still an addict.