Addiction Brain Disease

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Thesis While becoming a drug addict is a lifestyle choice and influenced by personal discipline, taking Drugs alters the brain. People lose their will power and control over their actions. Addiction can become a brain disease rendering the person helpless. Because repeated drug use causes neurological effects, addicts cannot be counted on to help with their recovery, and the national institute on drug abuse agrees addiction is a brain disease. Addiction is not a brain disease There are two clear sides in the argument over addiction being a brain disease or not. Those who argue against it claim the evidence presented is scientifically unsupported. Most addicts have some sort of control over their addiction “even in the most desperate, chronic …show more content…

Continued use of a drug has been shown to change the way are brain operates on a chemical level. Pleasure centers are altered requiring constant use of the drug to feel normal. Many studies have been carried out using brain imaging methods to prove that areas of the brain that control judgement and behavior are affected by continued substance abuse or addiction. It has also shown that depending on are biological make up we could be more at risk. A person gender or ethnicity factors into the risk. The changes in the brain diminish a persons ability to make rational choices. No longer can the addict be counted on to make the necessary changes needed to get better. They now must rely on a medical and scientific approach to help cure their addiction. MY Position In this paper I will argue why I feel addiction is a brain disease. When people first start using drugs they tend to do it in moderation. This decision to take the drug is a voluntary one. They are in full self-control of both their judgment and behavior. It doesn’t take long for this to change. Soon it goes from occasional use to regular use and finally an uncontrollable urge to keep using it. The person is now addicted. Continued use of addictive drugs changes the brain on a biological level. This change usually results in relentless and uncontrollable drug use. The addict has now lost all self-control and will power. Their ability to make a good decision gone. Losing this much self-control is a direct result of the biological changes in the

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