Addiction and Society

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Addiction and Society
Sociology
Professor Trembicki
February 22, 2013

Abstract Drug addiction is a disease that damages addicts, their families, communities, the economy, and society. Addiction has a widespread reach: from dealing with unpredictable and often dangerous addicts at home to the costs incurred by society as a whole. As the population of addicts rises and the average age of an addict is younger, society is forced to deal with a pressing matter. Addiction is no longer limited to the poor and underprivileged; society can no longer ignore this problem and simply look away.

Drug addiction is a disease that damages addicts, their families, communities, the economy, and society. Addiction has a widespread reach: from
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As with many other brain diseases, addiction has embedded behavioral and social-context aspects that are important parts of the disorder itself. Therefore, the most effective treatment approaches will include biological, behavioral, and social-context components. Recognizing addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use can impact society’s overall health and social policy strategies and help diminish the health and social costs associated with drug abuse and addiction.” (Leshner 1997) Addiction is a continuing and progressive illness. The disease is insidious, and most addicts do not even realize that they are addicted until it is too late and the disease has completely taken over. “Addiction is a very clever brain disease that convinces addicts that they need drugs to function, despite negative consequences. . . For this reason, addiction is one of the most devastating diseases plaguing our society today” (Kranzler 95 2008). Surprisingly, addiction does not mean the use of “illegal” drugs alone. Nowadays, drug addiction is much discussed “thanks to legally prescribed and over-the-counter medications being administered to society’s brightest, richest, and most respected icons…these drugs show up on the nightlife scene, on school campuses, at PTA meetings and soccer games – picked up from the medicine cabinet at home, not dealt on a street corner” (Broeekaert 2009). According to
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