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No matter who you are... addiction is a disease.

Addiction is like most major diseases. Consider heart disease, the leading cause of death in the developed world. It's partly due to genes and partly due to poor life style choices such as bad diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. The same is true for other common diseases like adult-onset diabetes. Many forms of cancers are due to a combination of genes and life style. But if your doctor said that you had diabetes or heart disease, you wouldn't think you were bad person. You would think, "What can I do to overcome this disease?" That is how AppleGate Recovery will approach your addiction.

Addiction is not a weakness. The fact that addiction crosses all socio-economic boundaries confirms that addiction is a disease. People who don't know about addiction will tell you that you just need to be stronger to control your use. But if that were true then only unsuccessful people or unmotivated people would have an addiction, and yet 10% of high-functioning executives struggle with addiction.

If you think of addiction as a weakness, you'll paint yourself into a corner from which escape is unlikely.