If addiction is a disease and addicts caught with possession go to jail, does that mean we imprison them because of their disease? Can we do better? Most argue for decriminalization but some even argue for legalization. Let’s look more closely.

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Most people who recognize they have an addiction and fail over and over to overcome it have come to the realization that their addiction is a power greater than themselves. Wouldn’t it make sense to recognize that their healing would also have to be a power greater than themselves. The question is what is this power?

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Are you concerned about your drug or alcohol use? Do you wonder whether or not you have a problem? Maybe your spouse, child or a relative is a concern. How much is too much?

This is how doctors define addiction:

In Medicine we differentiate between healthy substance use, substance abuse and a substance use disorder. Let’s discuss Alcohol for example.

One standard drink is the following:What_Is_a_Standard_Drink_grayscale_508_Release_WebMen should drink no more than 4 standard drinks in a day and less than 14 in a week.

Women should drink no more than 3 standard drinks per day and less than 7 in a week.

This is per the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse recommendation.

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“My brother was turning blue, he was not moving, not even breathing. I put that bag on his mouth and started squeezing air into his lungs. I could see his chest move. He finally started waking up. I didn’t have to call 911 that time,” my patient recalled.

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