Essay on Substance Abuse Disorder

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Substance abuse disorders are common in our society. It is a disorder that each one of us will most likely experience through a family member, friend, or our self. I felt very drawn to this topic due to the fact that I have a family that has background of substance abuse and I myself have battle the demon. Not until I struggled with my own addiction did I become more tolerable and understanding to those that have a substance abuse disorder. Substance abuse is not something anyone wants to have; it is a disorder that takes control of a person’s life. It is a beast that tears a person apart; from their being to the lives of their loved ones. This disorder is not biased in anyway; rich or poor, male or female, employed or unemployed, young or …show more content…
These drugs that are converted from opium are: morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycontin, to name but a few. Unfortunately, each of these narcotics are habit forming, meaning they have the power to become addicting if a person takes them over a period of time.
Why is it that some people become addict to alcohol or other drugs, while another person does not? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain-they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs” (Drug Abuse). Keep this in mind when you are a health care professional dealing with patients that have an addiction. They may have initially chosen to take that first drink, but alcohol changes their brain. Also, you may find more patients in your office that are addicted to prescription drugs. They may have been injured in a car crash or broke their leg then were prescribed prescription pain killers such as Vicodin by the doctor that you work for. This patient has a different brain make-up and is now feeling that dependent on that drug.
Many people that suffer from substance abuse also will suffer from a form of
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