Before the 1930s when scientists first began studying the science behind addictive behavior, those who struggled with drug addiction, or substance use disorder, were thought of as weak willed.
As a result, society also judged addicts much the same way, even going so far as saying they were morally flawed. Today, scientists know better and are no longer laboring in the shadows of these various misconceptions and myths surrounding drug addiction.
Through research, science has discovered that a person who happens to be an addict can still be a “good person.” They have come to this conclusion based on the fact that drug addiction has the scientific make up of a disease.
Therefore, those who are addicts are not bad people in general, but instead are suffering from a brain disease they need treatment to overcome. When you as a caregiver consider your loved one’s drug addiction a disease, you can sympathize with (though not justify) the problems that were caused by their drug addiction.