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
David writes how he felt as though he was to blame in some way although he was a great father, even after divorcing Nic’s mother. A doctor explains to David that addiction is a disease and the symptom of that disease is using the drug and being out of control, powerless against the drug; the doctor also explains that insurance companies cover disease, addiction being one of those diseases because if it wasn’t your insurance company surely would not cover rehabilitation. But if we are to scrap the disease concept and replace it with something valid, our new explanation must retain all the beneficial aspects of the disease concept. It must not allow moralizing or any other negative attributions to people suffering with addictions. In fact, we'd hope an alternative explanation would have more value than the disease label, by giving people with addictions something the disease concept lacks: an understanding that is useful for treating the problem.
It doesn’t matter what drug is being abused, the path back to sobriety can be walked at a Narconon rehab facility. There are specific aspects of addiction that are the causes of a person being trapped in that situation. When these aspects are addressed and handled, a person is freed from the need to keep abusing drugs or alcohol. It has proven unnecessary to consider that one is “always going to be an addict.” It is also unnecessary to “take one day at a time.”
Burzynski as a doctor solely trying to help patients that would likely die without his treatment. The movie uses convincing rhetorical strategies throughout to make its case that antineoplastons are only being denied because the FDA is victimizing a doctor. Most effective were the countless stories presented by the patients’ families begging that a father or son’s life be saved all the while dramatic music played in the background. Unfortunately, this movie provided these patients with a “false hope” because the claims were not statistically proven. Although the movie credited antineoplastons as the “most important discovery in cancer treatment – ever” (Burzynski), clinical evidence as well as dangerous results do not support this biased claim.
None had regular dietary access to Vitamin C; a nutrient needed to prevent scurvy. As Letterman records in his memoirs “this disease ... and the causes which give rise to it undermine the strength, depress the spirits… of those who do not report themselves sick, and who yet are not well.” Medical records describe other common deficiencies through symptoms yet ultimately list the diagnosis of some variant of scurvy. This was a reflection of the medical understanding at the time; “some complaints were listed according to symptoms, others according to the seat of the disease, and still others according to their real or fancied cause.” For example, a deficiency in vitamin A manifested in night blindness, and niacin deficiency was evidenced through skin sensitivity and diarrhea.
The United States government provides welfare programs to financially support individuals and households that can’t provide for themselves. There are many types of programs that offer different services and resources. These include Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Housing assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). According to the US Census in 2012, around 21.3% of Americans were using these government programs, which is around 52.2 million people. Most of these participants were children under 18, African American, non-high school graduates, unemployed, or female-led households.
The disease model of addiction takes power away from an individual who is struggling with a substance use disorder. Instead of the individual taking responsibility for their own actions and their own recovery they can place blame or responsibility on the disease. I have heard many people say that they “can’t help that they have a problem” and “once an addict always an addict” and honestly those words are sickening to me. I believe that people are responsible for their own actions and reactions. Therefore, to a certain extent, individuals have control over themselves.
(Presently, doctors that use to believe that evil possession occurs as a problem brought on by a person’s mental or physical incapability’s, happens to be losing its validity. For anthropologists, psychologically oriented scholars of religion, and psychological studies, attest that demonic possession consists of nothing to do with a person’s mental or physical state before the possession; (As epilepsy is now thought to have nothing to do with evil possession.) Their research concludes the majority of people to be in perfect physical and psychological health before an evil possession takes place. Nevertheless, among the numerous beliefs that haunt societies, Pan’s ability still affects people through panic, and demonic possession, appearing in cultures globally and taught by a number of medical doctors.
Should some sex offenders be excluded from treatment? The question is particularly daunting since some studies seem to suggest that although treatment can reduce the probability of an offender committing a crime after being treated, it is impossible for adult offenders to be properly cured. An article in the Medical News Today explains that paedophilia and other sex crimes cannot be cured, and although the likelihood of an offender repeating his crimes drops forty percent after treatment, the end result of the treatment is that people are released into society who are just as likely to cause harm. Similarly, the Business Insider explains that since being a sex offender is not a medical issue it cannot be cured, and different measures can be
Being unavoidable soft addictions can often take complete control over anyone’s life. “Although soft addictions aren’t life threatening unlike hard addictions, they can act as roadblocks that people often times aren’t fully aware of” (McLaughlin, 2010, para. 3). Most of the time, soft addictions can interfere with a person’s life when they begin to take priority over other people in their lives. For instance, “according to an addiction specialist Jennifer Ginsberg, when you place something over important people in your life, you can cause harm. Eventually, this can lead to strained relationships, productivity, and even your own personal well-being” (McLaughlin, 2010, pg. 137).
AA Meeting Reflection Many people who have never had an addiction may not understand the difficulty of becoming better, and that is because we have never been in circumstances where our life depended upon a substance (Berry & Ramnath, 2013). However, for people who have had a substance addiction, the difficulty to becoming better is harder because they need to regain control over their thoughts and lives. According to the alcoholic anonymous recovery program, a twelve-step meeting is a very efficient program that helps people regain control over their thoughts and their lives. One vital part of this program is the twelve traditions and twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although the overall goal of this meeting is for members to stay sober while
In the excerpt “Rat Park” from Opening Skinner’s Box by Laruen Slater, demonstrates how addictions are a choice by conducting an experiment involving rats and drug addictions. Addictions are choices made by an individual. An addiction is a condition that results when an individual ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping, eating) that can be pleasurable, but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Addicts may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others. The outcome of this experiment explains how related rats are to human beings.
Stop Taking Cocaine Imagine being able to live a happy, healthy life without needing the crutch of an addiction. While most people consider typical 12-step programs when they think of a cocaine addiction, there are more effective ways for treating an addiction. If you want to break free from your addiction and enjoy a normal life, hypnosis can help. Do you find yourself turning to cocaine whenever your feel stressed or upset?