Defining Addiction Essay

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This essay will examine how Addiction is defined, and why or if it is recognized as a disease. Reports and critiques of addiction will be examined and from these this essay will endeavour to look at both sides of the findings.

The definition from the Oxford dictionary describes addiction as a condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something. Addiction itself can be defined as unmanageable, compulsive and an act that is carried out even when it threatens their health and wellbeing or the potential harmful social consequences it could pose.
The word addict carries with it a negative stigma that is born from the perception of society. Perceptions that addicts are uncaring, unreliable and unstable do
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The greater risk of addiction comes from those individuals who enjoy the experience on a higher level and this can be their downfall. Being a social user or regular user of alcohol or drugs unfortunately has little between them and could end up as an addiction.
Being a social user means that the individual can control what they take and limit the amounts taken. However, the regular user starts of as a social user then slowly progresses to a more regular basis which then can start to interefere with their home life not just social circumstances. The final point is when the user loses all control of their consumption and can no longer control the decisions on how much they should be consuming. This is when they are now approaching the point of becoming an addict.
After the user passes this point in regards to their addiction their main concern will be focusing on themselves. Their life will be revolving primarily on how they can get their next fix, and looking at ways and means to do this. Addiction is no different whether you are a drug addict or an alcoholic.

So how and why does an individual become an addict?
When considering addiction as a disease it is implying that there are biological factors involved and not just influenced by the social factors that surround the addict.
When analysising the brain of a non addict it is different from that
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