What is the Disease Model of Addiction?

The Disease Model of Addiction classifies addiction and alcoholism as a chronic disease because of it’s chemical and biological issue that is primary, progressive, and ultimately fatal if left untreated.

Today, both the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine classify addiction as a disease, that can be controlled, but not cured.

Similarly to other diseases, Addiction is caused by a combination of biological, environmental and behavioral factors. Genetic risks factors account for about 50 percent of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction.