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The Cause of Addiction

Each year, there are more deaths and disabilities in the U.S. from substance abuse than from any other cause. In the United States alone, it is reported that roughly 18 million Americans have alcohol problems; 5 to 6 million have drug problems, and more than 9 million children live with a parent addicted to alcohol or illicit drugs. Drug addiction continues to be a growing concern, prompting medical and scientific research on a global scale into the possible causes of addiction and the various levels to which people become drug-dependent. This global issue continues to grow, prompting a rush to determine the cause in an effort to find a cure. Through research, doctors are learning
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In fact, the occurrence of actual addiction to marijuana is quite low, despite surveys conducted at local high school where as many as 50% of those polled reported frequent use of the substance. Of those 50%, only 3% reported they “needed” it. This information suggests that those 3% may have been genetically predisposed to addiction. At the same time, the popularity of the substance suggests that use may also be attributable to a need to fit in with peer groups. Considered the second most likely cause of addiction is social dislocation. Feeling unconnected with one’s physical or social environment has proven to be a key link in those with addiction. Studies have shown that individuals whom have been displaced are at higher risk for addiction that an individual with a stable environment. Often times, there is significant social pressure to “fit in” out of fear of rejection. In an article written by Simon Fraser University of Canada Professor Bruce Alexandar, "Addiction in the modern world can be best understood as a compulsive lifestyle that people adopt when they are dislocated from the myriad intimate ties between people and groups - from the family to the spiritual community - that are essential for every person in every type of society." (Luntz, Issues 74, pg. six 2006). This lends to understanding why some are coping with social pressures through use of addictive
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