Is Addiction a Disease?

Background

  • Some drugs are made to be abused
  • When stopping a drug you have withdraw symtoms
  • Dopamine is a type of feel-good nurotransmitter
  • The first couple times you take the drug it is substance abuse
  • Repitive use of the drug is additction

Causes of Addiction

  • Genetics
  • Brain
  • Childhood expirences
  • Mental Health
  • Stress

Affects of Addiction

  • Not thinking clearly
  • Performance in school
  • Changes in weight
  • Not talking to family and friends
  • Loss of interests
  • Finnacial problems

Addiction is a choice not a disease.

  • Addiction is a word that is used as an exuse for their personal problems
  • If you make the inital choice you can make the choices after that
  • If the first choice was just a poor decision then the rest of the poor desicions shouldn't be catagorized as an addiction
  • If you made the first choice you make all the choices after that
  • "If you declare, "I can't help how I think" You are declaring that your life is a series of personal events that you have no control over."

Addiction is a disease not a choice

  • " We can explain everything about addiction without having to resort to causal variables like "bad choices" or "addict personality." "
  • Drugs work in mid brain this is where unconsious survival mode happens.
  • The midbrain overpowers the cortex's decision making
  • When the cortex can't solve things the mid brain takes that as a threat to survival
  • The drugs make you feel good because it releases Dopamine
  • Your brain thinks that solves the problem because it makes you feel good and activates the pleasure/Reward system
  • This changes the way you think therfore it is a disease

Final Thoughts

  • I think addiction is a disease not a choice
  • Drugs alter the way the brain thinks
  • "a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally"
  • Makes your brain think the drug you're addicted to is necessary for survival
  • It prevents your mind from working normally
  • People who believe addiction is a choice backed up with little to no facts

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