A "vice" by definition is...per Merriam/Webster<quoted text>Vices, by definition, cannot be criminal acts. Learn. Please.
a : moral depravity or corruption : wickedness
What makes you think a "moral depravity" couldn't also be criminal? Of course vices can be criminal...if your vice is against the the law...LEARN. Please!
There are people all over the world who are predisposed in all the ways you just listed and they never do drugs...which means it is a choice. Yes...once drug abuse begins, then the body does often require the drug and without it the user experiences severe cravings and compulsions, that yes...they cannot control with just willpower and they do normally require help and support to stop. But that doesn't mean they are helpless victims. They have to want help and seek it. However, drug abusers don't "fall victim" to addiction as you stated earlier...regardless of their predisposed factors. They choose to take and continue to take drugs. With that said...no matter how many changes have occurred in their brain as the result of drug use, they still have the choice to seek help...that choice is not removed just because it's a hard thing to do.<quoted text>
Yeah. That's true. Don't take drugs and you can't get addicted. That doesn't change the fact that certain people are predisposed to addiction in many ways. Some people have a deficiency of serotonin, which makes them want to thrill seek to correct the imbalance, which sometimes leads them to drugs. Some people have emotional problems that lead to drugs. Some people have mental problems that lead to drugs. Some people are born into drug use in terrible environments. And after the drug use begins, the reward system is rewired, which effectively removes the addict's choice in the matter.
I completely understand how it easy it is to get caught up in drugs and not for a second do I believe people take drugs with the intent of becoming addicts. I am compassionate toward these people and again, I'm fine with with paying for them to go to rehab once. But you can only help people so much...at some point, they have to take responsibility for themselves. After they've gone through rehab and detox they should have learned more about themselves and how to recognize the high risk situations that will cause a relapse. We all fall prey to some type of temptation from time to time, and for an addict, it's much easier, but it still is a personal responsibility to accept the consequences when we do. If we give abusers the idea that they don't have to worry about being responsible if they mess up, then we enable them. Out of compassion and concern, we hold them accountable for their actions and they learn and get better...It's a fairly simple concept.<quoted text>
And yes, certain people can be genetically predisposed to addiction.
The thing is, drug use is usually comorbid with other factors - and many times drug users are self medicating. It's not so simple as "they were stupid and got high, and now they're an addict." You need to take a more nuanced view of these things.
Again, you can only help people to a certain extent...they have to take responsibility for themselves at some point. Enabling an abuser is not compassion. I love my children enough to die for them and it kills me to have to punish them when they break the rules, but I do it out of love, so that they learn to be respectable, responsible adults. Likewise, in society, we have to sets forth rules and laws to ensure that people act responsibly. When they don't...there are consequences. It is in no way unchristian-like to expect people to accept the responsibility and face the consequences of their actions...So what words of Jesus am I not following?<quoted text>
You're a real nice christian though. Really following the words of jesus.