Your response gives me the impression that we've miscommunicated.
It would be very odd to say that freeing up the firmware is an addiction, as you seem to have understood from what I wrote. Quite the opposite. Freeing up the firmware is a great thing, for it makes the device usable in freedom, regardless of whether it's the vendor that liberates it or some reverse engineer who writes a replacement and sets it Free.
The addictive and harmful stuff that I alluded to was the non-Free software (not just firmware) that so many distros insist in giving users easy access to, using arguments that come across as oxymoronic to me: that this would improve the user experience. Keeping users fooled, controlled, spied, dependent, divided and hopeless is not awesome, it's awful. Getting the impression that offering these addictive substances to users will solve any technical or social problem is IMHO yet another hallucination induced by these substances.