Is Addiction a Disease?

If you have ever had a friend or family member who suffered from addiction, you have probably struggled with the idea of whether or not addiction is a disease. Like me, you have probably wondered why drugs or alcohol seemed more important to the addict than their family. You have probably blamed them for the substance abuse. You have probably been discouraged when it seemed they tried to rationalize things that made no earthly sense to anyone else. And, you probably got mad when you tried to confront them and they refused to listen.