Social Determinants Of Health Case Study

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A heavily discussed topic in contemporary health circles is addiction. However, when discussing addiction and its requirement for some to maintain their personal sense of well being, rarely are social factors involved in this discussion. I will argue that social determinants of health (SDH) are apart of the process of shaping an individuals’ addictive behaviour. Furthermore, this will be achieved by defining and discussing both addiction and SDH. Additionally, discussing the relationship that exists been an individuals socioeconomic and cultural capital status and the positive correlation they have with addictive behaviour. In a sociological setting, addiction refers to the dependence an individual has on a drug, which has developed to such a vast extent that it has a severe and harmful impact on them (Wincup 2011: 5). Implying, that the individual is so reliant on the substance that without it they feel incurring adverse effects (Wincup 2011: 5). Additionally, creating psychological and/or physiological necessity for the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms (Levine-Rasky 2017). A common occurrence with an addiction is the abuse of that drug, which can result in some form of physical, mental, or social impairment…show more content…
As well as, that addicts intermingle with one another. Such as people are more likely to use or abuse drugs if they have frequent and long-lasting interactions with people who are addicted as well (Kendall et al 216:178). This constitutes the drug subculture, which is a group of people whose attitudes, beliefs and behaviours involving drug use are vastly different than those of society (Kendall et al 216:178). Illustrating that addiction can be a learned behaviour past through a family, friends or peers (Kendall et al 216:178). This is something that is evident within the indigenous community in Canada (Marshall
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