Persuasive Essay On Drug Addiction

opinion Essay
818 words
818 words

Drug addiction is a problem that has been increasing immensely throughout our country. With 23.5 million Americans who are addicts and 50 to 90 percent of people who relapse after a period of time in recovery, It seems that our country should take a different approach towards substance abuse. I believe the misconception of addiction in our country has pushed addicts further away, we need to help addicts reconnect and rediscover themselves back into society. By punishing addicts and making them suffer more, we believe that would discourage them and give them the incentive to stop but it’s time we treat our drug policies as health issues instead of criminal issues. Our drug policies are not the only thing that needs to change, there are a …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that our country should take a different approach towards substance abuse. the misconception of addiction has pushed addicts further away.
  • Opines that our drug policies aren't the only thing that needs to change; there are misconceptions about addiction that need to be replaced with new knowledge and evidence.
  • Explains how psychologist bruce k. alexander helps us understand drug addiction. he built a cage called "rat park" filled with toys, tunnels, and loads of friends and found that the rats almost never overdosed.
  • Explains how a human experiment similar to alexander's, the vietnam war, led to the archives of general psychiatry detailed study of tracking and researching the paths of addicted servicemen and women when they returned home.
  • Opines that addiction takes lives of those who can't bear to be present in their own lives and instead of reconnecting addicts, we punish, shame, and put barriers between them connecting with society. portugal brought down substance abuse by 50 percent.
  • Opines that america needs to spend more time reconnecting people back into society rather than pushing people further away.

Alexander helps us understand this issue more. Between the 1960’s and 1980’s, white laboratory rats lived in very poor conditions. They had to live in solitary confinement cellblocks which they could neither see nor touch each other, with no visual stimulation or exercise. Many experimental psychologists began to study drug addiction inside these poor conditions. They started to perfect techniques that allowed the rats to inject small doses of a drug into themselves by pressing the lever. Rats then would press the lever often enough to consume large amounts of heroin, morphine, amphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs. The results seemed to prove that these drugs were irresistibly addicting. Alexander believed it was more complex than that, by putting a rat in an empty cage it will have nothing else to do but those drugs. So he built a cage called “Rat Park” which was filled with toys, tunnels, and loads of friends and they have two water bottles, the normal water and the drugged water. He then discovered that the rats almost never used the drugged water, none of them overdosed, and none of them used it compulsively. The rats go from almost 100 percent overdose when they 're isolated to zero percent overdose when they have happy and connected

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