This quarter was one of the most writing intensive of my college career. I had eleven papers to write, and did two presentations. I am at the point in where my writing improvement, is making only slight gains, and that is ok. I am satisfied with the effort that was put forth in this class. I definitely found the class more challenging than composition I. I came into this class, trying to successfully navigate through three research papers and a bibliography. The first paper was the synthesis essay and it was by far the most challenging of the three. I did not even know where to start. I read both our books description and the classroom descriptions of the essay many times before starting. When it was time to put ink to paper, I had a good understanding of what the paper was supposed to be about. The analysis and breaking down of my subject (opiate addiction), was something I was familiar with from other classes. It was once they were deconstructed; trying to put it back together in a new way was the challenge. This forced me to work closely with my sources and gain a deeper understanding than what I was accustom to. …show more content…
This paper did have its challenges regardless of me being accustomed to this particular type of essay. My goal was to argue for a specific treatment of opiate addiction. Unfortunately, most of the sources I was finding arguing in favor of specific treatments were not very strong or dated. I also had many sources arguing the same point repetitively; this consumed a lot of time reading entire papers only to realize that they would not provide anything to my essay. When it came down to writing the paper, it was much easier than the synthesis essay because I had a solid foundation of where the paper needed to
People are trapped in drug addiction due to various reasons. Some will try to take drugs because of curiosity. Some have many people and friends take drugs, and some want to have the experience. Athletes take drugs with the aim of improving their performance as well as to reduce certain problems. i.e. depression, stress, or anxiety. The use of drugs does not lead to drug addiction automatically. It is not possible to measure the level at which the use of drugs may be regarded as casual or even problematic. It depends on the individual. Drug addiction is not determined by the amount of drugs consumed or the many times they are consumed, but the consequences brought about by the drug addiction. This means that irrespective of the small amount one consumes, as long as the use of drugs leads to problems in life, there is a high chance of drug addiction (Sinha 351). Although many unfortunate factors cause one to fall into drug addiction, many treatments exist to save an individual from the horrible consequences. This paper discusses some of them, for instance, family history of addiction, social environment, heredity, mental addiction, peer pressure, and escapism. The paper will also highlight the symptoms, physical addiction, and withdrawal. Finally, the paper aims at highlighting methods used to ensure an individual is able to recover from drug addiction. The family history of the drug or alcohol addict is likely to place an individual in a high risk position of becoming addicted to drugs. Genetics, however, do no guarantee that an individual with a family history of drug addiction will become an addict. This is because there is no single gene, which has been identified to be responsible for passing the addictive trai...
Opiods are the most popular class of drugs used for post-cesarean analgesia. They are most useful in treatment of somatic pain. Use of morphine, diamorphine, fentanyl, sufentanil, meperidine, nalbuphine and buprenorphine is well documented. The various opiods differ in their potency and severity of side effects. A discussion of the merits and de-merits of each is beyond the scope of this article. The common minor side effects include nausea, vomiting, pruritus, shivering and urinary retention. Respiratory depression, especially late-onset, is a more dreaded complication.
Opiates are a class of drugs that are used for chronic pain. Opioids are substances that are used to relieve pain by binding opiate receptors throughout the body, and in the brain. These areas in the brain control pain and also emotions, producing a feeling of excitement or happiness. As the brain gets used to these feelings, and the body builds a tolerance to the opioids, there is a need for more opioids and then the possibility of addiction.
Throughout this semester we have had to write many types of essays. Although this is a college English class there is still room for improvement. I made much improvement during the semester of the class. I was able to identify my weaknesses. I learned how to make improvements to the areas I was having problems in. Although each essay we did was different I was able to begin with one essay and throughout the semester turn it into two other essays. I was able to change my style of writing to fit the type of audience I was working with. I will continue to work on my writing and keep improving it.
A common recreational drug that is illegally dealt is Heroin. To many this drug is known by a few slang/street names, some being; smack, brown stone and junk (Tracy, 2012). Heroin is a highly addictive opiate that caused many different issues regarding physical and mental health. It can be consumed in 3 different ways: snorting, injecting and smoking. The original purpose of heroin is far different then the purpose that it is used for today in society. In 1874, heroin was first produced from morphine and 24 years later began its journey in the field of medicine to help morphine addicted patients (Scott, 1998). After use of the medicine it became present that the drug was just as addictive as morphine and was in turn creating patients to become addicted to the new drug. In 1902, doctors ceased the use of heroin in the medical field and a few years following, 8 years later, the first case of a heroin addict was admitted to a hospital for treatment (Scott, 1998). The drug is no longer used for a medical purposes but is still present in the legal drug selling market. Many countries have stiff penalties if caught in possession of or are selling heroin, because this drug is listed as a Class A drug (“Opium, Morphine, Heroin”, n.d.).
One of the largest concerns within our nation is opioid dependence and the rise in abuse rates of medicinal and illicit opioids. Many illicit and medicinal drugs such as Morphine and Heroin, come from the internal secretions of the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum) and are highly available and acclaimed for their analgesic and euphoric effects within the general population (Veilleux et al., 2010). Veilleux et al. (2010) concluded that given these properties of opioids there is a dangerously high potential for abuse. Dependence on these drugs can be linked to a variety of aspects within an individual’s life such as health and social problems, which may include increased chances for legal issues, mortality, unemployment, psychotic episodes, and HIV. For these reasons and many others, Opioid addiction is considered a chronic disease with high potential for relapse and needs to be considered as a public health concern.
After taking this course, this has been a struggling journey. I did not find fun in this class due to the grade I have now as a result. My writing skills did not improve from high school, losing confidence in myself to create well-written, interesting papers. However, this class has given me ideas about new styles of writing. Having done these papers helped me to discern the qualifications to write a rhetorical analysis essay from a visual critique paper. Here is how my experience in College Writing went.
What is addiction? Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain reward and memory circuitry. Addiction is the inability to abstain consistently from a substance which leads to an impairment in behavioral control. This forms cravings, a diminished idea of significant problems with one’s behavior, and dysfunctional emotional responses (Definition of Addiction 2014. p 1). There are several different substances that a person can be addicted to: alcohol, drugs, food, sex, etc. These substances affect the neurotransmitters and interactions within the reward structures of the brain. Thus giving the person a pleasurable feeling that they want to recreate over and over again. Most people are not able to control the use of their desired substance of choice. They may continue using the substance despite knowing it is harmful. There are characteristic stages of abstinence and relapse. The abstinence stage is where the addicted person tries to quit using. Unfortunately most are not successful because it is almost too hard to quit on their own. This is followed by a relapse stage where they start using the substance again. Addiction can cause serious long-term consequences including issues with mental and physical health, relationships, employment and the law. To help a person overcome an addiction it may take help from a doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program.
People often associate the word addiction with drugs and alcohol because they are the most common form of addictions. The word addiction is often misunderstood because people connects them with negative addictions that are compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance abuse. I believe that the term addiction is evolving because there are positive addictions that exists and can enhance your mood and well being. Addiction occurs with everybody, whether it is good or bad and it is part of life. My personal definition for addiction is forming a habit due to physical or mental needs causing to change a mood.
It was not hard to write, but I hate papers that give students a wide spectrum based on their own ideas. Annotated bibliographies are not hard not write but they can be extremely complicated to write, especially when you find horrid articles. At first, it was challenging to understand what the teacher wanted let alone expected from the class regarding the paper. Before English 111, I had never typed using APA format; therefore, it made writing papers in the class a bit more challenging for me. Citations were probably the biggest challenge related to APA formatting. For some ungodly reason, I could not get the hang of it and kept butchering the citations for the papers. The running head seemed to be a slight challenge also, I do not know why, but it seemed to be an issue for almost everyone in the class. The critical analysis paper was not callus. It was a facile first paper, the only hard part about that paper was understanding how to use the authors name throughout the paper correctly. The research paper was not difficult but it was complicated at times. It took a good amount of time to completely write the paper and say everything that needed to be said. I never knew how hard it was to find creditable information before writing a paper on vaccinations. I now know to never write a paper on such a controversial topic because no one gives creditable information it is all biased. The people who run the test for vaccinations are the people who create the injections, now what kind of crap is
When people hear the word addiction, most people picture an alcoholic that spends hours a night at the bar, or meth addict that sleeps in the streets and prostitutes herself out to obtain money for another hit, but what various people refuse to realize is that addiction has become an epidemic in the United States. Addiction is everywhere from the UPS man that takes smoke breaks every few delivery’s, to your best friend 's dad whose appears to have everything put together but spends his evenings at the casino. In my opinion, it 's essential to share your story, I’m restless to tell you experience with addiction.
I remember English class in high school and I thought it would be the same information so this class would just be a review and the hardest assignment would be to write a one page essay. I thought I could write any paper and make a A on it. As the time went by I realize this was not true. I started working on my attitude towards the class, what I learned and my weakness.
I can attest that from the first essay, my knowledge about addiction has expanded in many levels and ways. Although I was aware that people, especially those from the younger generations, were more prone to experimenting with drugs for many reasons such as out of curiosity, peer pressure, and other “compelling” factors, it was very interesting to understand that drug addiction is not always linked to youth or inexperience. It was also intriguing to better understand why some people, even amongst sibling, become addicted to drug or alcohol use/abuse and some don’t. While I have now gained more insight and knowledge about the multiple factors that can contribute to disorders such as genetic vulnerability, environmental stressors, social pressures, personality characteristics, but which of those factors have the biggest influence, is still an area that I will want to continue to learn more about as I start my career as a counselor. Nevertheless, it is clear to me that while each drug produces a different physical impact on the user, all abused substances share one thing in common: repeated use can have a long lasting impact as they can permanently alter the way the brain functions. As I mentioned in my first essay, I started with the misconception that drug abusers
Drug addiction is a very big problem in today’s society. Many people have had their lives ruined due to drug addiction. The people that use the drugs don’t even realize that they have an addiction. They continue to use the drug not even realizing that their whole world is crashing down around them. Drug addicts normally lose their family and friends due to drug addiction.