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Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. - In the book, Addiction & Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions, May explores how addiction develops and can be treated from a psychological, physiological, and spiritual standpoint. This theme is clearly shown through out the text as it shows addiction from a whole person view. The book covers the development of addiction from desire through the experience of addiction. The key focus on looking at the matter of addiction from multiple stand points in then broken down by explaining how addiction is an issue psychologically, physiologically, and spiritually....   [tags: Addiction Essays] 1953 words
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The Perspectives of Addiction - Modern American society has become covered by multitudes of opinions that all strive for a better America. Whether the individual is a politician with great influence or the common man with his or her strong-minded opinion, each argument contributes to the betterment of society. An age old struggle, addiction, has been deemed a major problem in society due to the physical and mental harm it causes, but the major connotation of addiction is solely related to substance and alcohol abuse. In the progressive, technological era today, addiction breaks into new boundaries where technology proves as lethal a dose as conventional drugs....   [tags: Modern American Society, Addiction]
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Reasons for Addiction - How do you know when you are addicted to something. Is it a choice or just an effect. What most people do not understand, is that no one really chooses to be an addict. Being addicted to something such as drugs, alcohol, food, etc., is not due to someone waking up one day and saying 'hey, I would really enjoy not being able to cope without a substance.' It is mostly due to deeper issues like depression or influences, things of that nature, which lead someone on the path for their search of an escape....   [tags: Addiction, psychology,] 1254 words
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The Consequences of Addiction - Treating a person suffering from the illness of addiction presents a complex psychotherapeutic problem which is further confounded when the illness includes a sexual addiction (Wilson, 1999; Virshup, 1985). According to Wilson, “83% of sex addicts report multiple addictions” (1999). The focus of this paper will be about Joe, whose substance addiction was the presenting problem, yet the severity of his illness was confounded by a vast array of co-existing trauma, loss, mental illness and sexual addiction....   [tags: Sex Addiction, Therapy, Case Study]
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The Etiology of Addiction Disease Model - Addiction is like all behaviours “the business of the brain”. Addictions are compulsive physical and psychological needs from habit-forming sustenances like nicotine, alcohol, and drugs. Being occupied with or involved in such activities, leads a person who uses them again and again to become tolerant and dependent eventually experiencing withdrawal. (Molintas, 2006). Addictive drugs cause dopamine neurons to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. The narcotics disable the neurons that would usually keep the dopamine neurons in check; becoming over stimulated....   [tags: Addiction Drugs]
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Analysis of Children Internet Addiction - To prevent Internet addiction, it is a parent’s responsibility to raise their child(ren) on limited or no technology because parents and their children will not bond, it creates development problems, and technology becomes an abnormal necessity in a child’s life. One of the most important things to a child in today’s modern world would be technology. To them, it’s like honey to bees. Things like phones, computers, Facebook, and I-pods are owned by almost everyone in the world. Why this and how this has become a problem is still being argued in all parts of the world....   [tags: internet addiction, technology, computers]
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Is There any Treatment for Pornography Addiction? - ... Naltrexone targets the brain reward system by blocking the capacity of endogenous opioids to trigger dopamine release in response to reward. It blocks both the nucleus accumbens and interneuron opioid receptors, thereby facilitating an increase in GABA tone and a reduction in nucleus accumbens dopamine levels through both direct and indirect mechanisms (Balfour, Yu, & Coolen, 2004), resulting in pornography’s decreased salience. Ultimately, via gradual desensitization, the addictive behaviour’s salience should diminish (Schmidt & Beninger, 2006; Meyer & Quenzer, 2005) The blocking of some of the pleasure receptors in the brain has been shown to reduce cravings associated with addiction (...   [tags: sexual addiction, medical advice, naltrexone ] 606 words
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Drug Use and Addiction - Have you ever dealt with the effects of drugs firsthand. A drug is a substance which has a psychological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. The causes of drug use can vary depending on the person. According to “Causes and types of narcotic addiction: A Psychosocial View” in the Psychiatric Quarterly it says, “The causes of drugs stem from the manner of which you were introduced to it whether it be by abnormal curiosity, chance encounters with addicts and narcotic peddlers, or prolonged illness” (Ausubel)....   [tags: Drug Use and Addiction]
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My Addiction to Sugar - INTRODUCTION Sugar is considered a toxic poison. Sugar leaches the calcium out of the skeletal frame of a human’s body. Sugar literally sucks the calcium straight from our bones; therefore it is known to many as a “skeletal poisonous powder.” There are thousands of individuals struggling throughout the United States with sugar addiction. Sugar is a leading cause of a number of health-related issues. Sugar causes health issues such as, fibromyalgia, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. Like me, many individuals have no clue that they are addicted to sugar....   [tags: Sugar Addiction Study and Intervention]
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Addiction Rehabilitation: The Big Book - The point of a rehabilitation center for addicts is it is a place for people who are struggling with substance abuse can go to for help. Substance abuse addiction is a growing problem in the United States and causes many problems socially and economically. The words “alcoholic” or “drug addict” carry a negative connotation. An alcoholic is not considered a role model for kids. But, what can be said about the programs and processes in place that are supposed to help addicts. Through my research, I have examined the current addiction rehabilitation centers, and I believe there needs to be a restructuring of the existing strategies used to help addicts....   [tags: substance abuse, addiction, drugs, A.A.]
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Internet Addiction Should Be Considered a Mental Disorder - ... There are currently five types of internet addiction. The first type is Cybersex Addiction. This is when an individual compulsively uses the internet to watch pornography and go in adult chat rooms. The main effect of cybersex addiction is that it negatively harms the person’s real life relationships. The second of internet addiction is type is Cyber-Relationship Addiction. This is where a person is addiction to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other sites. People with this type are so addicted that they lose connection with real life friends and family (“Internet & Computer Addiction” 1)....   [tags: cybersex addiction, cyber-relationship addiction] 726 words
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The Role of Logotherapy and the Existential Gap in Addiction - Ravaging the country is a diagnosable addiction in which laptops are drug dealers and online communities are the enslaving substances. Internet Addiction, otherwise referred to as IA, is one of the most quickly spreading addictions in today’s population, and is not a compulsion that is very well comprehended by the general public (Buckenmeyer). This addiction to that which is virtual and has no real emotional connection is thought to be the result of social isolation, and a feeling of meaninglessness....   [tags: internet addiction, logotherapy, isolation]
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Addiction as Brain Disorder: A Flawed Model - Addiction as Brain Disorder – A Flawed Model Addiction is the result of a gradual accretion of neurological tendencies based upon the ingestion of a particular substance or the taking of a particular action. It is cumulative, building over time, and varies in strength from individual to individual based on their own abilities to exercise willpower over themselves and their actions. Some people become addicted more easily than others. In the end, addiction is the result of a series of choices made by the individual....   [tags: addiction, drugs, choices, impact]
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Smoking: The Issue of Addiction and How to Quit - There is no doubt that the people of this modern era are facing lots of issues and dangers for their health. People are becoming addicted to a number of different addictions, such as smoking, drinking and so on. There are numbers of addictions that are available to the people around the globe. the experts are of the view that the addictions have some special charms and people get attracted to that craving owing that charm, however once they become addicted they feel helpless and most of the time they cannot quit that obsession....   [tags: smoking, quiting, addiction] 703 words
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How Does Heroin Cause Addiction? - ... Two more common symptoms are: over abundant usage and difficulty with controlling life away from the substance: relationships can break down and lives can erode away. Addiction makes you drop all awareness of what is happening around you that isn't part of your craving. Therefore, people and things around you that you were formerly very close to (family, school etc.), become secluded. Heroin has many physical and psychological effects. Physically, it can: reduce heart rate, cause nausea and vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, slurred speech, sluggish movement, delayed reaction, and lack of energy....   [tags: drug use, addiction, illegal] 884 words
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Internet Addiction Disorder - The World Wide Web is an intriguing information highway. Its beginnings only date back to the 1990’s, but it has quickly become a major staple in our lives. As with anything there is a good and bad side. Americans and people around the world are becoming more and more reliant on using the internet for their informational, academic, social, entertainment, organizational, and connectional needs. Along with all of the good that this has brought a new disorder is arising, internet addiction disorder....   [tags: Internet Addiction Essays]
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Teen Internet Addiction - Internet addiction goes by many names: Internet Dependency, Internet Compulsivity, and Internet Use Disorder. By any name, an addiction to the Internet completely controls the addict’s life, and causes the Internet to become a priority over family and friends. Similar to drug addictions, the Internet provides a “high” feeling, which addicts become dependent on. Internet addiction is divided into three categories: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupation, and e-mail/text messaging addiction (Medindia 1)....   [tags: Internet Addiction Disorder]
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Trying to Overcome their Sexual Addiction or Dependency - In the article Is Sex Addiction or Sin by Mary Voboril, she shares a story about Bill R, a South Floridian. “I couldn't walk out and get a quart of milk at 8 a.m. without thinking about it…This was not, however, your usual drug. The addictive agent here was sex, promiscuous, anonymous sex with literally hundreds of partners. For Bill R., resisting junk sex was like asking an advanced alcoholic to put down the day's first drink. I was constantly preoccupied with sex or in the act of sex or feeling guilt and shame for having been in the act of sex....   [tags: std, sex addiction, promiscuous sex]
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Internet Addiction - Internet is a big problem in our society today. Many people use internet without knowing it, even I use internet without knowing that I am using too much I consider myself as an addict because I check my Facebook at least 3 times a day and text every time while I eat too. In high school, I used to use my phone in the class because it was allowed in class and teacher didn’t mind but in college I have to tell myself to not use phone in class since it is very important to achieve my goals and get a degree....   [tags: Internet Addiction Essays]
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Analyzing Addiction - Addiction is everywhere, from celebrity tabloids, to television, and possibly to a family member or close friend. There is alcoholism, drug abuse, and gambling addiction; the effects of such are devastating. For example, the following excerpt is from the harrowing Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir by James Salant: “I gave Doug the spoon and I tried to pull thirty units of water into the syringe. Doug hit me on the side of my head and said, ‘Your shaking too much, let me do that.’ I pulled away from the faucet and let the syringe fall into the sink....   [tags: Addiction, drug abuse, social commentary]
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Not Enough Supporting Research for "Addiction in Free Markets" - So what. After reading Bruce Alexander’s and Stefa Shaler’s essay “Addiction in Free Markets”, this would be the first reaction of many readers, as it was my reaction upon completion of the essay. Although Alexander and Shaler discussed a very important issue concerning ‘Addiction in Free Markets’, they do not provide sufficient resources or correlative research to prove their argument. Firstly, their thesis statement does not agree with many of the facts and statements that are being presented throughout the essay....   [tags: Addiction, Free Markets, ] 1725 words
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Video Game Addiction and its Side Effects - We all remember playing our very first video game. Mine was “Super Mario” on the NES console. We were intrigued to see characters move from one side of the screen to the next, from one world to another. It seemed to me like it was an art, with different designed backgrounds, colors and animations. However, not all of us notice when it is time to stop playing them. This is still a problem to this day; children do not know when to stop playing video games. The problem this causes us is the behavior towards the people close to us, like an illness that eats us from the inside, we just push them aside....   [tags: Video Game Industry, Addiction]
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Negative Effects of Computer Addiction to the Academic Performance of Engineering Students - What is computer addiction. Is it bad. How does it affect the academic performance of engineering students. And how does the students adapt to this kind of addiction. Computer addiction is excessive use of the computer which leads to serious negative consequences for personal, social, or on the behavior of an individual. A study made by Block (2008), stated that "Conceptually, the diagnosis is a compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage and consists of at least three subtypes: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations, and e-mail/text messaging"....   [tags: internet addiction, academic performance ]
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Global Trade and Addiction during the Age of Exploration - Maritime advances of the 1500s made Western Europe’s ambitions for global trade feasible and thus gave birth to Europe’s Age of Exploration. Through the combined use of caravels, compasses, and astrolabes, Europeans stumbled upon commodities in foreign lands known as “drug foods”. Consequently, this introduction would have a lasting impact on the Europeans, they became drug addicts. Furthermore, this addiction, the demand for these drugs, became permanently embedded into European culture. To please an everlasting demand, Europeans had to decide on how to frugally acquire these commodities....   [tags: Global Trade, Addiction, Age of Exploration, food,] 749 words
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Addiction to Alcoholism in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado - Alcoholism is the addiction to the intake of alcoholic liquor or the psychological illness and neurotic behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. There is a time and place for alcohol consumption in every culture. It’s a growing problem in America’s society and culture today. Revenge and trust are an issue in this short story. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor symbolizes Poe’s alcoholism, whereas Fortunato represents himself, the man who is trying to reach satisfaction and eventually gets imprisoned by his minute habit....   [tags: addiction, psychology, liver] 1030 words
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Investigative Report of Internet Addiction - Investigative Report of Internet Addiction TABLE OF CONTENT LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ...............................................iv ABSTRACT.............................................................v INTRODUCTION ........................................................1 Purpose .............................................................1 Growth Of The Internet ..............................................1 THE ADDICTION .......................................................2 What causes it ......................................................2 Symptoms ............................................................3 How To Overcome The Addiction.........................................   [tags: Internet Addiction Problems Computers Essays]
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Substance Usage and Addiction of Nurses - All over the world, nurses suffer from the addictive properties that many of the drugs provide. "(Drug addiction) is a disease that tells you that you don’t have it. It’s the only disease I know that argues with you and says, ‘Look, despite all the evidence, you don’t have a problem’" (Kunyk and Austin, 2005, p. 385). This leads to a lot of substance dependent nurses to work impaired as they don't see their drug usage as a problem. In the recent decade, increasing amounts of nurses have begun to see the effects of substance usage and addiction while on the job....   [tags: addition, medicine, nurses] 2598 words
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Internet Addiction: Government Policy or Personal Responsibility? - Internet Addiction: An issue of government policy or a personal responsibility. BIS 421/CSS 411 - Spring 2010 “Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users?” – Clifford Stoll Introduction There is no doubt the presence of the internet is increasing at a rapid pace. A Pew Internet and American Life Project study finds two thirds of all Americans use the internet to frequently participate in internet related activities (Fellows, 2008). Another study shows that 55% of all Americans have high speed internet in their homes and even higher among college or academic arenas....   [tags: Addictions]
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Extreme Gambling: Addiction or Obsession? - Gambling in the United States seems to be as American as apple pie. Going to the convenience store to pick up your weekly lottery ticket, then day dreaming about what you would do if you won. I have actually calculated how much I would give to each family member, how many houses I would buy and trips I would take. Once a year I take my wife to the casino for her birthday. We take a couple hundred dollars and spend all night at the roulette table, then end the night at the slot machine. It can be an expensive and rewarding night out....   [tags: Pathological Gambling, Gambling Addictions]
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Understanding Addiction - Addiction is regarded by most as a social problem to be solved with social solutions, i.e. incarceration. But, scientific evidence argues otherwise: addiction is a brain disease. “The World Health Organization has defined addiction as ‘A state, psychic and sometimes also physical, resulting in the interaction between a living organism and a drug, characterized by behavioral and other responses that always include a compulsion to take the drug on a continuous or periodic basis in order to experience its psychic effects, and sometimes to avoid the discomfort of its absences....   [tags: Addiction is a Brain Disease]
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Internet Addiction - As I sit here and look across the street, I see my neighbor in front of his own computer; the screen glowing against the window behind him. He does not use his personal computer for work, he is a farmer. He has become what is known as an "Internet Junky". Internet means a network of networks, a super highway that links online services and computer networks at companies, universities, and government agencies all around the world. Internet usage has become very popular with in the past years. It is used for entertainment, communication and resources....   [tags: Internet Addiction Essays] 940 words
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Drug Addiction as a Disease - Drug abuse and addiction are issues that affect people everywhere. However, these issues are usually treated as criminal activity rather than issues of public health. There is a conflict over whether addiction related to drug abuse is a disease or a choice. Addiction as a choice suggests that drug abusers are completely responsible for their actions, while addiction as a disease suggests that drug abusers need help in order to break their cycle of addiction. There is a lot of evidence that suggests that addiction is a disease, and should be treated rather than punished....   [tags: Drug Abuse, Addictions, Mental Disease, Rehab]
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Addiction vs Physical Dependence - Important Distinction - Addiction is a nasty word. Especially when applied to those who are physically dependent upon analgesics or painkillers. Though the definitions of addiction vary, most addicts are pigeonholed into one negative category. Some painkiller addicts – including celebrities such as right-wing radio host, Rush Limbaugh, singer/actress Courtney Love, and “Friends” star Matthew Perry – can obtain a bad reputation for becoming dependent; others simply need them in order to survive their day to day lives. Judy*, 53, is a high school teacher from Williamsburg, Virginia....   [tags: Dependence vs. Addiction] 2511 words
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The Power of Addiction and the Addiction to Power - After watching and analyzing Dr. Gabor Maté’s speech about power and addiction, it is extremely evident and clear to see how vague the word “addiction” is and how the global community today has related such a topic to a limited discourse that pertains simply to substance use and abuse. Dr. Maté talks about the various addictions to drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and others throughout his video, however where I agree most with him is when he discusses the need for the substance use and abuse and what can happen as a result....   [tags: Dr. Maté, global community]
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Understanding Sexual Addiction - The many personalities of this world are phenomenal because they are all so different. Not one individual is the same, and that is one thing that makes the human brain as fascinating as it is. The human brain is quite beautiful; unfortunately, biochemical or other brain changes can alter proper functioning of the human brain, leading to mental disorders or diseases. Sexual addiction, although not always recognized, is a severe condition which affects many. Sexual addiction should be widely acknowledged as a severe issue because of its impact on the addict's nervous system, the root of its development, and its relevance to human behavior....   [tags: Addictions, argumentative, persuasive]
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A Philosophical Discussion in Contemporary Music: Jane's Addiction and Bush - A Philosophical Discussion in Contemporary Music: Jane's Addiction and Bush The purpose of this paper is to examine philosophical and theological themes in the work of two modern musical groups. The alternative rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Bush will be the focus of this study. I have chosen these two artists since I have observed what I believe to be contrasting ideas in their work. Perry Farrell was the songwriter for Jane’s Addiction. His band’s release in 1988, titled Nothing’s Shocking contains views on God, man’s place in the world, and instruction on living a life that adheres to Zen philosophical views....   [tags: Music Musical Jane Addiction Bush Essays]
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A Video Game Addiction is Still an Addiction - A video game addiction is just like any other addiction. These addicts seek stimulus from their subjects and cannot refrain from it. It impedes on their daily lives, interrupts their way of logic, and has no real benefits. The major reason why addictions begin is because it helps them cope with their emotions. For them, it’s another world that is immersive and engaging to the point that they are entranced by it. Video games and the Internet provide a plethora of communities and people to meet. Since it is easier to remain anonymous on the Internet, there are opportunities to create alter egos....   [tags: negative side effects, alter egos] 1576 words
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The World of Addiction - “Addiction is a brain disease expressed in the form of compulsive behavior,” says by Alan Leshner in his article, “Addiction Is a Brain Disease” featured in the book Drug Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints. Addiction has a variety of meanings depending on what your viewpoint of addiction. According to dictionary.com, the concrete definition of the word addiction is, “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Basically various doctors and therapist consider addiction to be a genetic disorder....   [tags: Psychology]
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Addiction at a Fingertip - ... Not only are smart phone addicts posing a distraction to themselves but they are causing distractions to the students around them as well. An addiction to a smart phone becomes all consuming, taking the addict to a point where nothing else matters as long as the addict can send their next text or update their social media profile. The addict will attempt these things by any means necessary, even if it means hindering the academic performance of others or themselves. Classroom distractions have always been an ongoing battle for generations but when the distraction becomes an addiction then even the most enjoyable portions of a person's life will be affected....   [tags: smoking, alcohol, friends]
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Denial of an Addiction - Denial of an Addiction It is hard to put into words the exact reason a person becomes addicted to something such as drugs, alcohol or even gambling. Addiction can be described as becoming so dependent on something that their tolerance could be raised to dangerous levels. When an addicted person needs larger doses, it is because the amount that they originally started with does not provide that “reward” that it once used to. This could lead to a dangerous downfall including disability or even death....   [tags: theory of positive and negative reinforcement]
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On Addiction and Drugs - Sex, drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, even hoarding and work - Can all of these things cause addiction. What is addiction, and why are some people more prone to it while others are not. It's long been accepted that people can become addicted to drugs and alcohol but what about the newer addiction theories regarding sex addiction, food addiction, and gambling addiction - are these truly addictions. As a society what is the best way to handle people with addictions whom need help or commit crimes. In this paper I will answer these questions and address other interesting aspects of addiction....   [tags: Psychoactive, Chemicals] 564 words
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Addiction is a Disease - Addiction is a disease Specific Purpose: To inform my Audience on how addiction works in the brain, how it is related to survival, why some people are more vulnerable to addiction than others, and why addiction should be treated as a disease. Central idea: There are distinctly underactive areas in an addicts brain which cause a need to “self medicate” in order to feel normal. By definition a disease is any abnormality relating to the dysfunction of a specific organ. Addiction is created in the “Central-brain”, which has no free will, giving the addict very little choice to decide what is rational and irrational behavior, therefore addiction is a disease....   [tags: informative speech, brain functions]
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Could It Be Addiction? - A new epidemic has fallen over America and is spreading like wild fire across the states as more and more fall victim to its claws. That epidemic is known as internet addiction which many of today’s youths are prone to due to the widespread usage of technology. Excessive use of the internet has proven hazardous to the generation because it decreases cognitive ability, impairs social development, and increases health problems. Since the current American society relies heavily on technology and web searches through google, the internet has become a necessary essential and making addiction almost inevitable....   [tags: Technology]
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The Addiction to Oxycontin - There is an epidemic plaguing our nation, a plague that does not discriminate between young, or old, rich or poor, the plague is the addiction to Oxycontin. A prescription narcotic first introduced 1996 by the Purdue Pharmaceutical Company ("The Promotion and Marketing of Oxycontin: Commercial Triumph, Public Health Tragedy). The drug Oxycontin was quickly marketed, and aggressively promoted. The pharmaceutical corporation in 1996 made $48 million dollars and in the year 2000 that sum was about 1.1 billion dollars ("The Promotion and Marketing of Oxycontin: Commercial Triumph, Public Health Tragedy)....   [tags: Oxycodone hydrochloride, drug overdose]
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The Road to Addiction - There was a man who would stand on the corner with a sign, begging for pennies. Once he had enough money he would go to the closest store to get lottery tickets. The next day would be the same as the last. This man had nothing else to live for, he had already lost everything he had ever once cared about and only grieved for more in return. The lottery is a scheme for raising money by taking from people of our communities, and specifically out of the homes and pockets of the poorest individuals of our home towns and neighborhoods....   [tags: gambling and the lottery] 688 words
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Counseling Someone with a Pornography Addition - ... Take Peter for example he never really was interested in girls but always had their attention. One day when wandering through the house alone he found some porn magazines under his brothers bed and Jerry started thumbing through them and liking what he saw. After a few months of looking a friend taught him about masturbation and he tried it out after a while but grew tired of that. When he got to High School he started going to parties and he starting sleeping around with a few girls, but when he hit his senior year he got a real scare when a girl he slept with thought she was pregnant, but wasn’t....   [tags: sex addiction, technology] 2388 words
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Addiction and Recovery - a. One thing I learned about addiction. Addiction and Recovery It has become one of the major social problems of our day, leaving a great number of families and communities within our country devastated and without hope of recuperation for any of their afflicted members and loved ones. Growing to become a big social challenge affecting all aspects of the American society, addiction rates have escalated to enormous proportions within the country as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)....   [tags: Social problem, Brain Disorder, Drugs] 884 words
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Psychology of Addiction - Psychology of Addiction The Holistic Approach to Addiction As with any other disease, drug addiction causes stress and breaks down the body immune system. Not only does drug addiction break the body immunes system down but it also decreases brain function. In the book addiction treatment a strengths perspective, the authors Wormer and Davis stated, “Other remedies directed toward the physical side of drug use are more natural, holistic approaches. These include various herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, and biofeedback.” (Pg 204) In my opinion, the holistic approach can be very practical for treating the disease of addiction because it will help people gain the proper bala...   [tags: drugs, treatment, holistic] 587 words
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Field of Addiction - ... Nonetheless, it is possible that through the groups, family members may find support for themselves, develop new perspectives on addiction problems, and learn new ways of behaving and interacting with the addicted person, which can then aid in the recovery of the addicted person and the family itself. Adopting a systemic orientation As outlined above, most of my work involves working with the primary client, even though there is an understanding of the problem to be one that affects the family, and a recognition of the usefulness of family involvement....   [tags: therapists, agencies, family systems] 3158 words
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Aging and Addiction - Stages of addiction Addiction is defines as, “being abnormally tolerant to, and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)”. (www.webstersdictionary.org) Addiction, or “chemical dependency” is a disease that affects several people worldwide. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), In the United Sates alone 22 million Americans have a substance abuse or dependency problem, only 2.5 million of them seek treatment....   [tags: Drugs]
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What is Addiction? - ... It becomes legal at the age of 21. Alcohol contains ethanol, a depressant, which causes changes in the mood of how people are affected when taking it. In some cases when people are depressed, they drink alcohol to cope with their emotions. Although drinking maybe somewhat helpful, it can causes problems such as liver disease. Being drunk also triggers you to vomit. Some people are even too drunk to realize they’re throwing up that they choke on their own vomit. Also, more accidents are being caused by drunk driving resulting in deaths each day....   [tags: dependent, smoking, stress] 783 words
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Behavioral and Psychodynamic Psychology in the Treatment of Addictions - Assignment One - Introduction to Psychology With 2,405,518,376 (World Statistics, 2014) users around the world there is no doubt that some users are bound to develop addiction. “Internet addiction is when a person has a compulsive need to spend a great deal of time on the Internet, to the point where other areas of life (such as relationships, work or health) are allowed to suffer.” (Better Health Channel, 2011). With this scientists around the world are fighting to beat these addictions. Two theoretical perspectives that play heavily into the treatment process are Behavioural and Psychodynamic psychology....   [tags: cognitive behavioral therapy, internet addiction]
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Addiction in Adolescents - Humans are environmentally and genetically predisposed to developing a motivated addictive behavior. Addiction is a brain disease and a behavior. All behaviors are choices. Choices that adolescences make at a young age directly affect the outcomes of their futures. Many factors contribute to an adolescence becoming an addict or exhibiting a drug seeking behavior. Nearly all drugs of abuse increase dopamine release. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter in drug abuse and addiction. Dopamine plays a role in reward motivated behaviors, motor control and important hormones....   [tags: behavior, environment, drugs, genes, expression]
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Drugs and Addiction - The drugs that fascinate man most – the ones that inspire us to poetry or drive us to murder – are those that affect the brain and the spinal cord on which it rests. Some of the first drugs used were said to have been used in link to religion and superstition. Some of these drugs include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, ether, procaine, LSD, marijuana, cocaine, and heroine. The list of the amount of drugs known to man is almost endless, and there are constantly new drugs being invented or discovered in the things we see around us every day....   [tags: Medical Field, Illegal Drugs, Drug Abuse]
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The Government Addiction - Government dependency is replacing the illegal drug trade as the most destructive force in our country. The drug kingpins are the politicians we elect, who then appoint their bureaucrats to act as the pushers and enforcers. We welcome them into our homes, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and allow them to infiltrate every corner of society. The pushers feeding this addiction to big-government money exhibit few differences from drug dealers. The idea is to get more and more people hooked, thus assuring millions of mindless users for life....   [tags: government dependency, drug trade, kingpins] 847 words
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Addiction to Technology - ... 2 pencils for a standardized test. There's a difference between dependence and over-dependence. One can't be overly-dependent on something that really doesn't have any other alternative, any other options as practical or as effective ( articles.chicagotribune.com). On that same note, many psychologists agree, “There is also no easy way to conquer a dependence on technology.” Nicholas Carr, author of the new book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, says that social and family responsibilities, work and other pressures influence our use of technology....   [tags: internet dependence] 1185 words
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Addiction for Perfection - I used to believe that creating things that were absolutely perfect was the main goal in life and that was the only goal that had to be achieved, but what would my life be like if I made no mistakes. Would I be happier than I am now. Life seems so crazy and ironic that it’s hard to believe that in this world anyone could believe that perfection exists. During my life so far my addiction to perfection was unable to be contained. I would have to be the best at everything I tried and did in order for me to reach perfection....   [tags: goal, mistakes, perfection, best] 526 words
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A Comparison of Psychoanalytic Formulations of Addiction and Cognitive Models of Addiction - ... The ego comes from the id to satisfy the individual’s needs and the superego is like the conscience. It separates wrong from right. Patients tend to think that these addictions helps them cope with their problems. According to the table on page 131, there are three stages to treatment. The first stage is when the person assumes they can’t do something with is call the “I can’t stage”. The second stage is the “I won’t” stage. The final stage is when the patient finally see that they don’t have to drink or do drugs....   [tags: behavior, beliefs, mental, role] 661 words
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Computer Addiction - Computer Addiction Have you ever thought how much time do you spend using on a computer in a day/week. Computers are as common in numerous households around the world. People from all age groups are learning to operate computers and anyone who has worked with computers for long periods of time knows that computers can be just as addicting as drinking every night of the week. Take further, Computer addiction can have a number of physical, social, and psychological effects on a person, and it is to be taken as seriously as any other addiction that a person is against, but what are those possible effects of spending too much time on the computer, and what are the causes....   [tags: Computers Technology Addictions Essays] 462 words
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Addiction: Is it a Disease or a Choice? - Addiction: is it a disease or a choice. A disease can be described as “a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs or symptoms, or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of a physical injury.” Knowing this, one can believe addiction is a disease. It is something that is done frequently, that usually does not end, just as a disease; it cannot cease on its own, because it requires some form of treatment. The big question regarding addiction is why people believe it to be a choice opposed to a disease....   [tags: treatment, health, self-medication, consequences]
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Factors Influencing the Prevelence of Addiction - ... They outline the path leading to addiction by emphasizing the cause as a physical malfunction in the reward circuitry of the brain. They claim that an addict’s abnormalities in his or her reward system causes the addict to achieve the state of euphoria or “high” by ingesting substances or addictive behaviors. In addition, one’s compulsive behaviors and substance abuse can hurt the reward system and result in “impaired impulse control and addiction” (Matesa and Bickman), so it is a deleterious cycle....   [tags: neurobiology, choice, disease] 1279 words
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Alcoholism is an Addiction, not a Disease - Someone with 20 years of continuous sobriety is just as likely to relapse as someone with 20 days. To some programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the ongoing battle of excessive drinking is defined as a battle with a disease. By defining alcoholism as a disease it takes away the self-blame that one should feel for fueling such an addiction. A disease is more of an uncontrollable condition that needs medical attention, whereas an addiction can be resolved with a little persistence and desire for life alterations....   [tags: choice, willpower, behavior]
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Television Addiction - Television Addiction Marie Winn makes a convincing argument that watching too much television can be considered an addiction. Television has become a way of life for most families. Television viewing is so overwhelmingly prevalent nowadays that living without TV is often considered an extreme deprivation. TVs are everywhere, whether you are in a hospital, auto shop, or in the dentist’s office, there’s always a television by the waiting area. It’s a useful tool to help you from the boredom of waiting....   [tags: Addictions Addictive Television Media Essays]
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The New Problem of Internet Addiction - ... For example, the internet can be used for online shopping, virtual gaming, social networking and aspects of the internet that are addictive. The concern with this is how the use of the internet is impacting on a person’s everyday living. Similarly to other forms of addiction, inappropriate use of the internet can result in lost employment, broken relationships, financial loss and even death. In an extreme case, a teenage addict killed his mother and injured his father because he was denied money to feed his habit at the local cybercafé (Boy kills mum over money for cybercafé, 2009)....   [tags: obssessive disorders] 756 words
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What is Cyber Relationship Addiction? - Introduction According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, addiction refers to the strong yet harmful need to constantly have something or to do something. As for cyber relationship addiction, it is the addiction to “social networking, chat rooms, texting, and messaging to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends” (Ramdhonee 2014). Why is this topic of interest important. The main reason cited is that the Internet has undoubtedly become part of our daily lives and has made a radical change in communication leading to the build up of relationships....   [tags: social networking, chatting, messaging] 1555 words
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The Dark Side of Chocolate Addiction - From Dairy Queen’s Chocolate Extreme Blizzards to a Hershey’s bar, I love chocolate of all kinds mixed with all assorted goods. I believe that everyone knows that chocolate is bad for humans to consume in large/multiple quantities. But I also heard of people having “chocolate addictions”. I realize that most people are exaggerating when they say they are “addicted” to chocolate, but it lead me to wonder if it is possible to really be addicted to chocolate and if it is something that could happen to anyone....   [tags: Health, Food, Obesity]
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Nicotine Addiction: The Effects On The Body - A Tobacco plant is made up of approximately 5 percent of nicotine by weight. There are two categories of tobacco products cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine has many effects on the body but the effect it has on the brain is responsible for the so called “good feeling” that is behind the addiction. Nicotine is considered to be addictive because of the psychological and physiological effects on a person. The Center for the Advancement of Health published the results of a study on teenager smokers: Almost two-thirds of the smokers had one or more symptoms of nicotine dependence, and of these, almost two-thirds said that they had their first symptom before they began smoking every day or...   [tags: Drugs ]
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Addiction: Suffering, acceptance, and change - Carl Rogers stated, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change (see http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/carl_rogers.html). Many modern approaches to addiction recovery utilize a dialectical model to examine the change process. Third wave behavioral therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with mindfulness meditation (MM), and the 12 Step Recovery model of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) use a dialectic based on acceptance of what is and change to what can be....   [tags: Drug Abuse]
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Addiction and the Human Brain - Addiction Man has battled with addiction to drugs as early as 5000 B.C. when the people of Asia Minor were know to use a “joy plant” derived from the poppy seed (Hansen, Venturelli, & Fleckenstein, 2010). It is estimated that the illicit use of drugs and addictions between “medical, economic, criminal, and social impact” costs Americans nearly half a trillion dollars a year. In addition, 100,000 people lose their lives every year due to the illicit use of drugs (Volkow, 2010). Chronic, relapsing, compulsive, urge, and impulse are just a few of the words used to describe the “brain disease” commonly known as addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2011)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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