Dr Volkow Model Of Addiction Analysis

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While watching this video I noticed how closely Dr. Volkow’s thoughts and ideas of addiction align with the majority of society. Dr. Volkow did not mention that she follows one model of addiction but her statements make it clear that she follows and believes in the disease model of addiction. In the first five minutes of the video she states that addiction is a “disease of the brain” and that changes in the brain lead to a loss of control when it comes to the abused substance. Dr. Volkow then goes on to explain what happens to the brain and the changes that the brain goes through when an individual has an addiction. By the time addiction reaches its peak, Dr. Volkow states that the brain gives off a signal similar to that of starving when craving…show more content…
Volkow. However, even though I agree with the science behind the model I do not agree that addiction is caused by genetics alone. I believe in a more eclectic model, the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model. I disagreed with Dr. Volkow’s take on addiction when she didn’t incorporate more than just genetic components when talking about what causes addiction. How does society as a whole know that addiction has a strong genetic component? When I asked that question most people simply respond because “addiction runs in families”. Yes, that is true but we cannot link that soley back to an individual’s biological makeup. Families often share more than just biology. They share the same social circles, culture, attitudes and beliefs. This leads me to the question is it the genetics that sparked the addiction or the way the individual was socialized? Both of these answers could be correct, that is why there are many other systems to consider when talking about addiction than just…show more content…
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. However, I believe addiction stems from numerous factors, not just responsibility and
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