Is it always on the individual? I have known people who grew up in a household in which drug and alcohol was so common that they likely had little or no ability to understand the choices they were making. They think of the abuse as normal behavior.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think of addiction as similar to some disease such as cancer. But it can in some cases, be compared to mental diseases.
Btw, regarding Blackmon, listening to his statement made it seem as if he missed a treatment session or something of that sort. If that is the case, then its definitely stupidity on his part.
I 100% agree with you that many addicts grew up in homes where drug and alcohol abuse was prevalent . And, that does make it much more likely that they will in turn amuse drugs. I just don't consider that an illness...I consider it a learned behavior.
I also believe that many who suffer from legit illnesses such as depression, mental illness, etc often turn to drugs to try and cope/escape.
I also understand how hard it is to quit and that most people do need help to kick it...my younger brother has battled drug abuse for nearly 30 years. But, he will also tell you that it us no one's fault but his win for the place where he us.