People who have not fallen into an addiction have no idea of what it is. It does not matter if it is titled a disease. What does matter is that choice is thrown out the window once one has succumbed to it. The point of delineation between falling into addiction and having succumbed is very grey and the time frame can vary greatly. For some people it may take years to develop a full blown addiction and for others the first involvement with the object of their desire can spiral them deep into addiction immediately. No matter the time frame once someone falls into addiction the ability to chose is lost to the sense of "this is the answer to my situation, and nothing else will work". For some people life is very difficult to bear, so difficult that the idea of something that will ease the pain by even the smallest amount is worth any and all consequences. The thought that "this might kill me" is not even in the equation or it is simply a passing thought. Anyone who thinks that an addict considers that the thing of his addiction would kill him or that something such as driving drunk is "dangerous", obviously has no understanding of addiction. There are two forms of addiction The Physical and The Mental. Physical addiction is when the body develops a need for a substance and the body experiences physiological reactions to the lack of something. This happens after some sustained period of use of some substance. Mental addiction is something altogether different however. Mental addiction is manifest as an obsession which blocks out all other thought processes. The addict can only focus on one thought "I MUST have this thing" it will fix me. There does not need to be any rational thought process behind this thinking, it is what it is. All addictive behavior begins with the mental obsession. The only way to arrest this "THING" is with a complete psychic change. To try to "scare" someone into stopping addictive behavior is a fools play. I have no idea for sure but I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most if not all of the contestants on that TV show Intervention are continuing their addictive behavior. No one is going to make any change in their life unless they want to. When it comes to addictive behavior, generally the only reason someone makes a decision to change is because their "fix" no longer fixes things (and has not for a very long time). An addict will chase a shadow of a dream for a long time because maybe the next time "it will work" There is a whole lot to this subject it could (and does) fill volumes. the problem is that nobody other than an addict will ever understand it and they don't totally grasp it either.