Alcohol And Drug Addiction : The Greatest Dangers Of A Healthy Society Nationwide

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Alcohol and drug addictions are the greatest dangers to a healthy society nationwide. An addiction is “a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g. alcohol, nicotine, cocaine) or engages in an activity (e.g. gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/ act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” An addicted person may not be aware of their altered behavior or the problems that their behavior is causing. To help an addicted person it is important to understand the psychology behind addictions, the symptoms, drug trends, and the options for treatment. The word addiction usually refers to a physical addiction. A physical addiction is a biological state. In this biological state, the human body begins to build up a tolerance to the drug, meaning that the drug no longer has the same effect. This causes the addicted person to begin using more of the drug to produce the desired effect, which puts that person at a greater chance of overdose. The phenomenon of overreaction is a form of a physical addiction where the drug causes the brain to overreact. For example, an alcoholic walking past a bar will have a greater desire to go into the bar and drink than a non-alcoholic.
There are several symptoms of an addiction. Some symptoms are more inward based that only the addict would know; however, there are a few outward symptoms that others can see. It is important…

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