The Problem Of Drug Addiction

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When people think of diseases, what do they think of? Generally we think of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, etc… One that people do not generally associate with the term “disease” is an addiction, whether a person is addicted to alcohol, methamphetamines, marijuana or over the counter drugs, people often have different sides to this. Some may say that an addiction is a disease; others say that an addiction is just a poor choice of a person’s life. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that “…drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.” Many people think that a disease is something that is always labeled as one while others think that addiction is also a disease. While all people are entitled to their own opinions, there is an answer that can be proven through substantial research. An addiction is a disease. Alcohol dates all the way back to 3500 B.C. and drugs dates back to 2500 B.C. so two very powerful things in the world today have been around for a very long time. People have had addiction to drugs and alcohol ever since they discovered that it was fun to do, or solve their problems and worries. An addiction takes place when there is a disease of the limbic part of the brain (Adam, “Your Brain On Drugs”). Ncra Volkow

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