The Effects Of Drugs And Opiates On The Body

1971 Words Sep 19th, 2015 8 Pages
In the following paper I aim to highlight the roll of the brain in the body and it’s different parts that come together to form the most complex organ in the body and what drug use and abuse can do both in the short term and long term. The focus of this paper will be on two specific substances; cocaine and opiates. It will examine what each substance and does to the brain and what, if any, long term affects it has on the brain. As mentioned before the human brain is the most complex organ in the body that is made up of many parts. The areas of the brain that our most affected by substances use include: the brain stem, cerebral cortex and the limbic system. The brain is responsible for all human activity- thoughts, behaviors, walking, driving, breathing, and interrupting how we respond to experience. In short, it regulates all basic functions. The brain stem controls functions critical to life, such as heart rate, breathing and sleeping. The cerebral cortex processes information form our sense, which allows us to see, feel, hear and taste. The frontal cortex is the thinking center it allows us to think, plan, solve problems and make decisions. Finally the limbic system houses the brains reward circuit. It links together brain structures that control and regulate our ability to feel pleasure. Keeping your brain healthy allows for a healthy life. For the brain to function at its best it is imperative that an individual gets adequate sleep, get enough natural sunlight, regular…
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