Informed people are finally recognising that addiction is a brain disorder not a moral failing.
Scientific research has been able to prove that addiction is a brain disorder. As the American National Institute on Drug Abuse defines it, addiction is "a chronic but treatable medical condition involving changes to circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control".
Thankfully "more and more doctors and policymakers are recognizing that punishment is an ineffective and inappropriate tool for addressing a person’s drug problems and that treatment is what is needed".
For more understanding on the biological processees of addiction go to: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/addiction-science. The more we are educated on the disorder, the more we can help the people that we care about on the path to getting well.
Addiction is not a moral failing - but it could be argued that morally judging individuals suffering from addiction is.