The Problem Of Substance Abuse And Addiction

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Introduction When taking a general psychology class it is rarely mentioned that the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was an avid user and promoter of cocaine before discovering the true dark nature of this supposed medical marvel. During this time in history cocaine was used medicinally as an analgesic and Freud himself was also researching other uses for this substance until he learned its addictive qualities. Even after he stopped promoting cocaine publically and considered this simply a chapter in his life, his usage did not stop entirely as he continued to use for various expressed reasons. Even in the background of this very subject substance abuse and addiction can be seen whether through research for the greater good that went bad or just addiction in its simple state. Addiction is something that has been an issue since the dawn of time. It is something that does not discriminate against gender, age, race, or economical standing. It is blind to all those factors and grabs hold tightly no matter the circumstance. History is dotted with drug abuse- the elephant constantly standing in the room- as it continues to be a predominant issue. It doesn’t matter the time period as trends may change the issue remains. Each generation deals with a different type of main addiction whether it was opium, whole poppy seeds, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and now prescription drugs. “In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of

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