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Letter to the Editor: Addiction as disease questioned

on May 28, 2014 11:00 AM

I have followed the current articles in the Gazette series “A Sobering Story,” which are well-informed on addictions.

But I have an issue with the headline, “The disease of addiction.”

Alcohol addiction is not a disease — it will cause diseases ... and will ruin the body over time.

Putting a needle in your arm is a choice — not a disease.

Smoking three packs a day is a choice — not a disease.

Drinking excessively is a choice — not a disease.

AA has only a 5 percent to 10 percent chance of success, but Sunday’s article on “Dan” had the best solution (“Addict values second chance.”)

M.L. Carnahan


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