The Effects Of Addiction On The World Today Essay

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Kayla Baker
English 1301
Professor Wombles
9 September 2016
Many people struggle with one of the most powerful, controlling monsters running rampant in the world today. This monster is known for destroying lives, families, and careers and even dragging the people caught in its grasps to their death. The United States had a president declare a war against it, police officers crack down on laws and arrests to fight it, and yet it still seems like a losing battle. This monster does not care about race, religion, sex, socioeconomic status, or even age. The cold hands of addiction can find their grip on anyone if the chance is given. Once this happens, the effects of addiction are seen far beyond the addicts themselves, and the family, friends, and society as a whole carries the burden. Addiction is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as, “The compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” This excludes the people who use drugs recreationally, however, while they may not be addicts yet, they are on a very slippery slope. Addiction takes place when the neurotransmitters in the addict’s brain begin to rely on the drug to produce the chemicals needed to feel emotion, especially happiness. Substances such as methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine flood the brain with dopamine causing a feeling of euphoria and extreme happiness. As the

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