The Causes Of Addiction

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What is addiction? In 1964, the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations defined addiction to be “a state of periodic or chronic intoxication detrimental to the individual or society, which is characterized by an overwhelming desire to continue taking the drug to obtain it by any means (Hanson).” The term addiction is derived from the Latin verb addicere, which is the process of binding to things. (Hanson) Addiction is seen as “compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences” (NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse)(Hanson). Addiction is seen with “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition…show more content…
There are many reasons for why people take drugs. In Drugs and Society, some reasons for consuming drugs include “pleasure, relieve stress or tension or provide a temporary escape for people with excessive anxieties or severe depression, peer pressure, enhance religious or mystical experiences, enhance recreational pursuits (such as Ecstasy at raves and music festivals), enhance work performance (cocaine used by stockbrokers, office workers, and lawyers), improve athletic performance, and relieve pain and the symptoms of an illness…show more content…
Alice was bored out of her mind when she states “I'm at Gran’s and I have never been more bored in my life” on July 2. Her boredom is what led her to become friends with Jill. After running into her on July 7, she was beyond excited to be invited to her party. At the party, Who’s got the Button was played in which 10 out of the 14 coke bottles had LSD in them. At first, Alice was frightened since she thought that she had been poisoned but afterwards she said that the night was “the most incredible experience of my life.” She could've chosen to not play the game but Alice felt accepted by them. Her being accepted is what led to Alice playing the game. It was peer pressure in a way since Alice was never a part of the popular group of Jill’s and when she did, she didn't want to be judged by Jill and her friends. Alice said it was a great night for her, and stated she would never “try it again.” Alice knew the consequences of drugs because of the “frightening stories” she had heard of and yet wanted to try marijuana and did on September 26. Taking LSD was the start of the downfall for Alice because once she tried LSD, she developed a curiosity for drugs that ultimately cost her life.

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