Topic 16: Addiction

Addiction is: the condition to being addicted to a object or substance; the activity of repetitive use due to a good feeling received from the substance or object.

There are lots of stories how addiction hurts people, their friends, families, life, relationships and general emotions. There are always lots of studies around why people get addicted to things and how the brain is involved. Depending on what the thing/substance is that a person is addicted to depends on how it effects someone. It is only recently that neuroscientists have discovered how  addiction effects the brain.

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder that makes people not be able to resist a craving, no matter what the consequences are. People will often go after their cravings because it makes them feel good, and/or it lessens feelings of sadness or stress. Addiction excites cells in the brains reward center.

Everyone is different when it comes to addiction. Everyone is more or less likely to get addicted it all depends on your genetic make up, stress levels, environment, childhood/the way you grow up, relationships and how stable you are mentally, emotionally and your physical health.

The most addictive things including: drugs such as heroin, cannabis, cocaine etc, alcohol, caffeine, food, shopping, Internet, video games, social networking, gambling, smoking, work, music, television and movies.

  • 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. is due to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use.
  • Prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused substances.
  • 31% of alcohol related deaths involve a car crash
  • 500,000 deaths each year are caused by smoking

“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism” – Carl Jung




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