One year ago, I went back to working in addictions psychiatry. I think I have few points that I would like to share with everyone. And since so many people use drugs perhaps I can help answer some of your questions:
Addiction can be worse than cancer. If cancer eats away parts of the body, addiction eats away your life and the life of people surrounding you.
Addiction is a chronic psychiatric condition that varies in severity. Not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol will become addicted.