Drug Abuse And Addiction Have Negative Consequences For Individuals And For Society

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“Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society” ("DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)," n.d.). Whether it is illegal substances or it is prescription over use, drug addiction can affect the 18 year old college student or the 70 year old grandmother. Even though drug addiction is still a growing and constant problem each model is fighting to get this problem under control. In this paper we will discuss how each of the models address this issue. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of how each model is addressing the problem. Directly following the above we will examine detoxification centers and Narcotics Anonymous and how they are helping to fight the battle against drug addiction. First let’s look at how the medical model address addiction.
People often look at drug addiction as something that can be avoided they may think that people become addicted because they have poor self-control or because they lack morals. This is sadly not the case. Addiction is a disease that is treatable but not curable ("DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)," n.d.). Because it is a chronic disease it must be treated not only for the present symptoms but for the long term effects as well. “A medical model, emphasizing biological and genetic or physiological causes of addiction that require treatment by a physician and utilize…

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