Viewing problems as diseases and avoidance of "blaming the victim" may discourage the idea that what is needed is strength of will and encourage rejection of responsibility.
- But he also had grit. He refuses the easy consolation of excuses. Addiction may function as a disease, but believing that it is one makes it that much easier to take the next drink or pop the next pill; the user can cede responsibility for his own actions.
- - Promises, promises, Economist, Aug. 13, 2016