Why It’s Wrong To Call Addiction A Disease

I received an email testimonial from one of my readers last week, who purchased my Health For Life program.

Here is what Khandro said:

Dear Ariel,

“I am a 39 French Buddhist nun.

When I am on a raw plant-based diet, my life is totally different. I am happy, full with energy, and my spiritual life is just amazing. When I don’t, I am only obsessed with what I will eat next and with staying in bed.

I just finished reading your eBook, Health for Life, and I wanted to thank you for your amazing work. I have been trying to switch to a raw food diet for more than 4 years now, and always failed after a few weeks. Thanks to your book, I finally understand why:

– Until now I wasn’t eating enough calories (only 1400). What I thought was detox effects (fatigue, depression) was, in fact, a lack of energy because I wasn’t eating enough. I have increased the amount of food as you advised and I feel so much better.

– Also, I wasn’t eating enough green leaves. When I read your “at least two lettuce heads a day”, I realised my mistake.

– The chapter about addiction is very helpful. It changed my perspective on what I thought was an addiction to junk food. Actually, this is just my body in pain from previous junk food ingestion. The first view seems hopeless while the second gives the solution: if I stick to this diet, the body pain and depression will just disappear and that’s it!

I would like to express my deep gratitude for the skilful way you share your knowledge and your experience. I hope your work will help a lot of people to succeed in eating a healthy diet and enable them to start living.”

I am so grateful that Reverend Khandro is managing to overcome her various health issues thanks to reading my program.

When I started writing my eBook I knew what I wanted to do.

I wanted to include all the information in the program that I thought it was necessary, but I didn’t want my readers to feel overwhelmed.

Sadly, most people don’t like reading books these days, which I think it is an enormous mistake when trying to learn natural health.

You can watch a million videos on YouTube, but unless you are able to connect the dots and understand how your body actually works, you’ll never fully get it.

So I made sure that I wrote my program in a concise way and kept all the important stuff. And I’m thrilled it is making such an impact.

The issue of addiction is an important one. Most people are scared of addictions because they think they are weak for admitting they have one. Sadly, that’s how society sees addiction: as a disease.

When in reality, addiction is NOT an illness.

Addiction causes illness and dis-ease (lack of ease), but addictive behaviour is not a medical disorder in itself, like tuberculosis, diabetes, or cancer.

All addictions are psychological in nature. You ought to know that there is no such thing as a physiological addiction, since it is physically impossible to be addicted to something that is harmful to us.

The physical craving for drugs, and the nervousness and irritableness that people experience when they use drugs (such as tobacco, alcohol, heroin, etc.), as well as consuming certain foods such as wheat, is not an addiction in itself, but a cry of distress.

These symptoms are the complaints of an injured body.

By consuming more drugs, you merely provide relief to those symptoms. Yet we must understand that it is the consumption of drugs and wrong foods in the first place that creates the problem.

When you understand the simple mechanisms of addiction and why it is important to get full control of your habits, you’ll be much better equipped to stop consuming certain foods, as well as stop using other drugs.

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12 Responses

  1. Dr Judith Edwards says:

    What a wonderful comment from the Buddhist nun, Ariel! Very moving and perhaps you would consider becoming a member of and posting your information there? We would love to have you and are currently accessed in 46 countries – becoming addicted to healthy ways of BEING is the solution to many problems……

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Thanks for your comment Judith. I’ll make sure I check your website. 🙂 Cheers. xx

  2. My ex husband would disagree with you. He is a recovered alcoholic with probably thirty years of sobriety by now. I can’t keep up..
    I haven’t been married to him in seventeen years. The very first time he tried alcohol he had a reaction to it…
    He was a child and his ears turned red and he felt funny. My oldest son got his hands on one of his stepdads beers and thought it was yucky when he was a child and he had no addiction problems. There is a difference in the chemical addiction that some people have…a true physical addiction. I always thought addicts were weak. However, it’s more like an allergy. Some people have a predisposition to it. Reconsider your stance.

  3. I love reading books ..real ones, not Ebooks which are somewhat a turn-off…As to addiction its a behavior that is harmful yet uncontrollable call it a disease or not it doesn’t help me do the right thing for myself…thanks anyway for trying

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Thanks for you comment. I am thinking to write a book on addiction, which it may take me a year to write. To release it as an ebook, book or both is the easiest bit. x

      1. May the force be with you

  4. Wallissmithson says:

    I agree with you Ariel. I prefer books not down loads, and my device is not compatible anyway. If I didn’t have addiction problems I might have a better PC. I have not and
    still prefer paper books.So any suggestion how I can benefit from your work.

  5. I agree with you Ariel. I prefer books not down loads, and my device is not compatible anyway. If I didn’t have addiction problems I might have a better PC. I have not and
    still prefer paper books.So any suggestion how I can benefit from your work.

    1. Ariel Belloso says:

      Hi Olwyn
      Thanks for your comment!
      We are in the process of making physical versions of our products.
      Please join our email list to find out.

  6. While your comments around addiction are based around logic, you do not mention a key factor in addiction, emotion. Almost all addictions stem from an emotional disturbance that a person has not dealt with or does not know how to deal with. Our society does not teach or regard any value to exploring our emotions, having honest conversations and providing proper tools in order to let go of our traumas and heal. Even healthy addictions can grow from low self esteem, negative self talk, verbal and mental abuse from partners, bullying, etc. There is so much to be said about this topic, I hope your future book discusses the emotional side of addictions.

  7. I really enjoy reading your posts about healthy eating. You appear to have experience and knowledge in this area. Based on your comments, I don’t think you have the same level of expertise in addiction science. I find it challenging to put credence in what you have to say about your area of expertise, Plant Based diet, when you claim things about addiction that have no basis in fact. I prefer not have the waters muddied by reading inaccuracies about things you really don’t need to comment on in the first place. I don’t think addiction is your lane. Plant Based eating definitely is.

  8. Emely Glass says:

    How can I follow your advice when I have little money? Thank you and best regards!