Addiction : The Problem Of Addiction Essay

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Addiction Students stroll in to class, their Venti iced soy vanilla lattes in hand rather than a notebook and pen. Keurig coffeemakers are commonplace in college dorm rooms. Colleges boast the number of Starbucks shops they have on campus. Just a month into the school year, and already many students’ bodies are becoming tolerant to caffeine, needing more and more of it to achieve the desired boost of energy, and if not given their fix, rebelling by causing headaches and irritability. Could it be said that many students are becoming addicted to caffeine? Yes, if the definition of addiction were simply a physiological dependence or tolerance. Could the man who misses work after a rough night of drinking be called an addict? Yes, if the definition of addiction were simply extreme misuse of a substance. While dependence and abuse are often used interchangeably with addiction, addiction is a disease that deserves recognition as a separate entity.
Historically, addiction’s definition has mistakenly seemed to include an element of choice; the addict chose to do it to themselves, so if they could just get a hold of themselves, set their mind to it and quit cold turkey, their addiction would suddenly disappear. Studies have shown however, that “addiction is a complex condition, a chronic brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence” (American Psychiatric Association). The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute defines asthma as a
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