The radio show vacillates on the definition of addiction. The prevalent thought promulgated by those on the “money train of drugs” is that “addiction is a disease”. The definition opens up an economic avenue that potentially creates a lifetime customer who moves their dependency from the streets to the medical office. In the medical office, the drugs of choice move from heroin, cocaine, and OxyContin to Suboxone, methadone, Adderall, Xanax, Prozac, etc.
A contrary thought diverges from the possibility that a person can make conscious choices which affects their behavior. Many people do not have the disease of addiction because they have stopped the behavior that created the definition.
The answer lies somewhere in between for most people.
Prior to the introduction of OxyContin, addiction was viewed as a “progressive disease”. http://www.highbottomdrunk.com/article_definitions.html A person didn’t develop the disease immediately.
“Abuse” was seldom emphasized and the “Legitimate Patient” had not been invented. The “old” definition of addiction prior to OxyContin emphasized a progressive timeline that morphed from tolerance and dependence to addiction.
The “new” definition is that addiction and dependency are mutually exclusive. The Legitimate Patient is dependent and remains a marketing tool until the timeline moves to addiction. The separation of dependency and addiction remains a monetary windfall for the legal narcotic mavens.
Ironically, “abuse” creates scorn. Abuse is a symptom of a disease that deserves compassion and the word has been successfully marketed negatively ad nauseam. The reality is that abuse is a possible symptom of addiction.
Masterful marketing has created “the abuser” as a terrible person. Families live in shame when living with an abuser of substances.
I marvel that “abuse” is a choice and “addiction” is a disease. The drug companies have been masterful at diabolically separating the two words.
The radio show uses the word “misuse” to signify the inappropriate distribution and use of a substance.
The next time you see the word “abuse” written it signifies an author who is either a friend of the drug companies or doesn’t understand the masterful marketing of legal narcotic distribution.