I'm reading "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J. D. Vance. The author's mother was apparently an addict with many ups and downs, stops and starts, and it started to sound familiar to me if you translate her drug abuse to my cigarette smoking. His mother finally agreed that her addiction was a disease. And this is what Vance wrote:
"Research does reveal a genetic disposition to substance abuse, but those who believe their addiction is a disease show less of an inclination to resist it. Mom was telling herself the truth, but the truth was not setting her free."
It made me wonder if my personal addiction is a disease and I would say it is not. That would give me the excuse to say "I can't help it; I have a disease."
Just some food for my own personal mindset right now.