Out in the Open

Lived experience: Drug users reflect on the meaning of addiction

Three individuals reflect on how the definition of addiction as a disease or a choice affected their addiction.
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How do theories of addiction impact people who've struggled with their own?

We talked to two former users about the disease model and stigma, and which way of thinking about their addiction helped them recover.

We also heard from someone who said he still uses cocaine and crystal meth recreationally, and does not consider himself addicted.