Abuse Versus Addiction

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Essay: Abuse vs. Addiction Terry V. Hites Liberty University Essay: Abuse vs. Addiction There is a war being wage here in America. No, it is not a civil war, nor is it the war on terrorism. This war is an effort to fight drug abuse and addiction; however, America is losing this battle. Doweiko (2012) reports that more than 15% of a state’s budget is used to fight and maintain this war (p. 2). Ruiz (2014) reports that the Ohio state Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio has 47 counties out of 88 with an epidemic of heroin use and associated crimes. Likewise, she (2014) reports that Ohio is as well losing this war and Ohioans are dying from overdoses. These figures for Ohio have risen from…show more content…
They must first look to see whether they are using it the way it was prescribed. If they are using it in any way other than that, it is abuse at a minimum. Furthermore, if it is taking more of the substance to achieve the intended effect, tolerance has been increased. Finally, if upon ceasing use of the substance they begin to experience bodily withdrawal, this would be an indication of physical dependence. References Clinton, T. (n.d.). Addictions and recovery: Introduction [Presentation]. Retrieved from http://learn.liberty.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=/webapps/blackboard/execute/courseMain?course_id=_62202_1. Doweiko, H. E. (2012). Concepts of chemical dependency. (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. Hogan, D. M. (2007). The impact of opiate dependence on parenting processes: Contextual, physiological and psychological factors. Addiction Research & Theory, 15(6), 617-635. doi:10.1080/16066350701663698 Ruiz, H. (2014, January 29). Heroin grips region, state. The Lima News, Retrieved from
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