Essay On Addiction And Addiction

opinion Essay
1044 words
1044 words

In Society we are introduced to all different types of people, people who look different from us act different from us, and we even get to meet people from different cultures. Throughout these interactions with one another we learn how to interact, we learn what is morally and socially acceptable. It seems as though, through most interactions between different kinds of people, we all come to the conclusion that drugs are bad for you and they will “destroy your life.” It is not uncommon that one has an addict in his or her family or that one is familiar with somebody with an addiction. So why is it that we are so quick to judge those who are addicted? This is through the social implications of addiction and the stigma of drug use/ addiction …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that people are so quick to judge addicts in our society because they are uneducated about what addiction entails.
  • Opines that addiction is a disease, which is surely hard to overcome. the article "myths of addiction" mentions misconceptions about addictions.
  • Explains that addiction is a disease and that it is caused by both environmental and genetic factors.
  • Analyzes how researchers can see a commonality between addicts of the same drug and see which gene or genes in each addict makes him or her susceptible to addiction.

Most people who disagree with the statement that addiction is a disease believe that addiction is a disease is a statement that addicts use as an excuse for themselves and their addiction, which only further provides them as an excuse to continue on with their addictions by making them feel sorry for themselves. Scientifically speaking, it has been proven that addiction is in fact a disease. A disease is defined as “a morbus, an illness, a sickness that causes an interruption, cessation, or disorder of bodily functions, systems, or organs and is characterized by at least two of these criteria: (1) a recognized etiologic agent (or agents) (2) an identifiable group of signs and symptoms; or (3) consistent anatomical alterations of known body systems” (Gorski, 1996). So technically speaking, addiction to a substance covers both the definition of a disease and fulfills the criteria to fit a disease. Addiction is caused by both environmental and genetic factors. Environmental factors could be a child who is a product of a divorce, a child who has little connection with peers or family members, and many other cases that could lead one to resorting to the use of drugs. Regarding genetic predisposition to addiction, an addict may have a gene or set of genes that is seen to have an increased chance of becoming addicted to a particular drug. As example, “The A1 allele of the dopamine receptor gene DRD2 is more common in people

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