Originally Posted by imageWIS
You can become an alcoholic without drinking alcohol?
The substances that people can be / are addicted to actually restructure pathways in the brain, eventually making the drug more important to the addict than food, water, sex, etc. So, to say that it's a matter of self control is untrue. You can argue that a person should never do anything that might be addictive but trying to prevent someone from ever taking a drink, gambling, shopping, using marijuana, masturbating, using porn, etc. is simply impossible and unrealistic. Plus, for example, obsessive / compulsive behavior can be addictive. That's not just something one just doesn't do. Some people can be addicted to something right after the first use, others can abuse a substance over a long period of time before there are serious signs. In the latter case maybe one could argue that irresponsibility helped the growth of addiction and, in that case, the argument would only be true for a window of time. Additions typically find their way through somehow and it's not really about the substance anyway. The substance abuse is the symptom of the disease, not the disease itself.