Addiction Definition Essay

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Addiction Being an addict is not something that is talked about often. In fact, people generally assume the worst about a person struggling with addiction. They often times feel an addict is just another junkie that doesn’t deserve to live. Every day an addict dies. Addiction is the number one cause of death in the US. Addiction can run in the family and be passed down through genes. Generally, that’s how addiction starts but it can start by recreational use, and then turn into something far more serious. In order to break the addiction, there is a 12 step program to follow, but one must be willing to admit there is a problem. Recovery is hard, but it is possible to maintain. Addiction is a battle that I must work to keep in remission on a daily basis. Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. Drugs and Alcohol are most of the time used to escape reality, relax, or used as a reward. My addiction started out as recreational use, but overtime the drugs and alcohol made me believe I could…show more content…
I could not recover by simply stopping using. In AA it is said that “if nothing changes, nothing changes”. That small quote means so much. It is just that simple, if I didn’t change my play grounds and play mates, I was surely to continue down the path of destruction. Addiction is not something I am proud of, but I believe it led me to where I am today. It is not for the weak. It is for the strong to survive and not become a victim to the horrendous reality of this disease. Insanity is defined as “doing the same thing over, and over again, expecting different results.” I tried time and time again to do things my way. After years of struggling with active addiction, I was finally able to break free. I had to admit that I had a problem and that I did not have the solution to fix it. I had to turn my will over to god and let him direct my life by working the twelve steps and practicing the principles in all of my
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