The Theory Of Drug Use

1584 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
On Intervention Canada, Aimee a 26 year old from Ottawa Ontario, has been diagnosed with addiction to Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a prescription painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine. The drugs come in a patch form which is boiled down until there is nothing left. Her addiction consists of a shot of the drug every six hours which she does with a hypodermic needle that gives her a sense of “high” or euphoria. She has been doing it for the last two years because she feels desperate and upset about her life and this drug gives her the feeling of relaxation. The purpose of this paper is to apply theories of drug use discussed in class to a real case of addiction as depicted in the Intervention video. The three theories related to Aimee’s case is behavioural theory, labelling theory, and social control theory.
Behavioural Theory: B.F Skinner was a psychologist and behaviouralist who introduced the behavioural theory which states that a human actions are dependent on consequences of previous acts. There are two types of outcomes that the behavioural theory includes which are reinforcements and punishments. Reinforcement is a consequence that will continue future behaviour whenever the desired behaviour is displayed. Parents have known for a long time that a child will respond to a system of rewards (Grace, 2015). Development of a child progresses and changes according to their external environment. This theory demonstrates that kids can unlearn old behaviours and learn new…
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