Right on. Doesn’t matter.

I understand part of why the disease model is promoted— because, as you mentioned, we pass moral judgment on those with addictions.

Addicts are “bad”! They “deserve” the life they “choose”!

The disease model seeks to take the “blame” off of the addict and makes others more willing to see past their own judgemental noses and focus their attention on the problem instead of the person. Theoretically, at least. There will always be people who will still fight to condemn the addict for his or her immorality, come hell or high water.

Energy needs to be refocused on the healing. The rehab. The clean living. And doing whatever we can to support those endeavors because there is nothing inherently “bad” or “immoral” about those struggling with addiction. Their addiction may drive them to make some really poor choices, but that’s all the more reason to help them.

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small. www.ajkaywriter.com

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