After doing the Mouse Party exercise I learned that almost all of the drugs and alcohol affect the Serotonin and Dopamine receptors in the brain that lead to the Synaptic Cleft. Most of these drugs are highly addictive and have been known to cause death during an overdose, but in some cases where the addict suffers a sudden withdrawal they can become extremely ill and even die because their bodies are so used to whatever drug they are abusing that their normal body functions shut down. When our body is so used to an artificial substance being in our system it becomes co-dependent on the drug which causes our addiction to the drug. That is why when the abuser is at such risk during withdrawals because the body has become so accustomed to that drug being there that it doesn’t work properly, and that leads to serious illness or death. Meth, Ecstasy, Heroin, and Cocaine all overstimulate certain cells and inhibitors which magnify the effect that certain cell or inhibitor causing intense periods of time where the drug has affected your body. Too much of these drugs will cause natural body systems to shut down or become dependent on the drug which leads to addiction. For example: Ecstasy affects your mood, sleep, perception and appetite, if you become addicted to this drug your body becomes dependent on the drug which could lead to extreme eating and sleeping patterns, and also mood swings. Marijuana, Alcohol, and LSD under stimulate certain cells which can impair your motor skills or decision making skills. When you drink alcohol it binds to glutamate receptors preventing glutamate from exiting the cell, which impairs your memory formation, decision making, and impulse control. Marijuana is a very hot topic because we are in a time where it has been proven to be used for medical purposes, but it is also very frowned upon in certain societies due to their belief. Marijuana is known to be responsible for slowing down movement, making you feel relaxed, and has also been known…
Addiction : choice or disease?
Should the cause of addiction rely on people's actions? These days, drugs can be found everywhere, and it may seem like everyone's doing them. Lots of people are tempted by the excitement or escape that drugs seem to offer. But learning the facts about drugs can help one see the risks of chasing this excitement or escape. Several people argue whether drug addiction is a disease or a choice. Discussing this argument in hopes to have a better understanding as to why…
Addiction is ranked “among the most inheritable of mental disease” (Wallis). According to Webster dictionary addiction is the chronic and compulsive dependence on a substance such as alcohol, drugs, or nicotine. There are also other kinds of addictions that involve behaviors such as self mutilation. According to an article titled “Addiction”; scientist have discovered that most addicts became addicts because they have moral failures, and then were blamed for their own conditions. Becoming addicted…
Addiction a Disease or a Choice
Philosophy of Ethics
August 5, 2015
Addiction a Disease or a Choice
Proponents for treating addiction as a disease and critics who want addiction treated as a choice both have what appear to be morally sound arguments to support their stance, but which can be considered the most morally sound? One fact both proponents and critics agree on is that addiction begins with a choice to use drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a disease…
Drug Profile Paper
Drugs, whether illicit or prescribed have always been a huge part of human history. The evolution of correct dosage and side effects has changed the way a lot of drugs are used and prescribed. For instance, back in the cowboy day’s opium was prescribed for everything from a common cold, to chronic headaches. Over time doctors and patients figured out that it was a highly addictive drug and caused more harm than good for simple…
November 7, 2012
Addiction: A Decision or Disease?
Drug and alcohol addiction is a very serious and widespread problem in America, and across the globe. Drug addiction is a constant craving, seeking, and using of a substance, despite the negative consequences it may have on the addict or those around them. When drug use becomes more frequent, it is considered drug abuse. Once an individual’s drug abuse is can no longer be controlled, and they are using the drug to get through everyday life…
so. There are several characteristics that separate normal or occasional disordered eating which consists of episodes of uncontrollable eating, which causes food addiction.
Food addiction is maladaptive, so people overeat to feel better; it often ends up making them feel worse, and gives those more to feel bad about. Food addiction can threaten health, causing obesity, malnutrition, and other problems.
The overeating that food…
Drug Abuse Research
Drug Abuse and Addiction
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that causes drug seeking behavior and drug use regardless of the fact of the negative consequences to the user and those around them. Even though the first decision to use drugs is intentional, the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self-control and capability to make the correct decisions when faced with choices. There are many reasons for a person to abuse…
today is drug abuse. Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person may look at the world. Many drugs in the modern world have been used and misused to cause addictions that can harm you and others around you. The long term effect of misusing drugs can cause drug dependency. Drug dependency refers to a physiological and psychological dependence. Drug abuse is bad for anyone, but they are particularly dangerous for kids and teens whose bodies and minds are still growing. The use of illegal drugs can…
Drug addiction or substance dependency is defined as the compulsive use of a substance to function normally, despite its negative or dangerous effects. Suddenly stopping the drug leads to symptoms of withdrawal. The exact cause of substance dependence is not known. Although, a person's genes, the action of the drug, peer pressure, emotional and environmental stress, anxiety, and depression can all be factors. A person's vulnerability to a drug also depends on individual traits…
Drug Addiction 1
Understanding Drug Addiction
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Drug Addiction 2
Everyone has known someone who has had a problem with drugs. Addiction is a common problem among many individuals in the United States. Experts estimate that one out of ten people have a substance abuse problem. – Addiction Treatment Magazine. (2012). 10 Tell-Tale Signs someone needs addiction treatment. www.addictiontreatmentmagazine.com. To understand the…