I was struck with something in Dr. Hays blog yesterday about which I wanted to get some opinions.

Blog Post created by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 on Oct 27, 2015

"Chronic Disease"

What is the difference between a (chronic) disease and an addiction?

To my way of thinking, a disease is a condition our actions can contribute to and/or our heredity dictates.

In my opinion, an addiction begins with a decision/choice that is then influenced by our environment.

(As in the people we hang out or live with. For example, living with smokers or alcoholics whose influence leads to one choosing the same addiction)

I read somewhere that alcoholism was originally classified as a disease for insurance purposes but there was equal dissenting opinion as to whether it was an addiction or a disease.

What do you think?