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Our lives are filled with moral issues; almost everything we do has a moral component. Issues of right and wrong are inherent in almost every decision and for some decisions they represent the central concern. Very few people appreciate how prevalent moral issues are. Moral issues span the good, and the bad; care, responsibility, fairness, equality, freedom, opportunity, cooperation, trust, and honesty; stealing, lying, fraud, abusive influence, manipulation, personal decadence, violating human rights, and unethical acts.

Society views addictions and substance abuse very similarly. Most of society believes that the addict is simply somewhere within the realm of a moral dilemma, a dilemma which likely [supposedly] originated from a moral turpitude. Society may consider substance abuse to be a moral problem rather than a psychological problem because of this. Society has many expectations of morals and ethics. A prevalent expectation is that a person should be accountable. We are taught that most addicts are in a state of denial. The addict believes everything is happening to them, they are the victim, that it’s not their fault. If society holds on to this belief as a rigid truth, then the perception of moral turpitude prevails. Last on the list of causes is the possibility that there may be a biological influence or a psychological explanation for the addiction.


Comments on: "Why does our society consider substance abuse to be a moral problem rather than a psychological one?" (6)

  1. Men who threaten to take away the kids are engaging in post separation violence. It is common for batterers to threaten to take children away from the battered woman by proving her to be an unfit mother. For this reason, some lawyers advise women not to tell courts or mediators about child abuse or domestic abuse because, by doing so, they risk losing custody to the alleged abuser!

  2. How does your comment relate to this post on substance abuse? But, in response to your general statement; the same applies to women who do the same. There are also mothers that should not be primary custodians of any child.

  3. The courts have no understanding of any abuse other than the obvious balck-and-blue physical abuse. The results, are devastating.

  4. Where are these “courts”?

  5. Family courts and supreme court, dealing with divorce and custody.

  6. I would say from my experience, the court is heavily biased in favor of the mother. I understand your statement about “be careful” about what you allege, especially without proper substantiation. I have nearly 20 years experience with the “courts” in Fairfax, Virginia and while I understand someone being frustrated, I don’t understand such a strong biased opinion.

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