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RUNNING HEAD Substance Use Disorder; Cocaine Abuse and Addiction 1 Title: Substance use disorder (substance abuse and addiction) Name: Richard Steele Course: PSY350: Physiological Psychology (PSF1548A) Instructor: Claire Decristofaro Date: January 11, 2016
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Cocaine Addiction 2 Addiction is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors. Addiction in its own sense, (without adding a substance to the word) is repeating something over and over although it causes distress and harm to you or who you may be around. Addiction is when you keep repeating and thinking about that certain thing constantly and you cannot let it go at will. It starts to make your life very unmanageable. You start to take every means necessary in order to obtain that substance. According to an Article in “Psychology Today” It writes that “addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) 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. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others”(Psychology Today ND). This essay will focus on addiction pertaining to “Cocaine” in its entirety. I will attempt to cover different ways that people use cocaine, and the severity of each way of using. I will also cover the ways that people can recover from this addiction and put it to rest. I do not think that it is ever going to be an actual cure for any addiction because once that mental nerve is built either physically or mentally, I feel that it will always be an addiction for that substance. As long as a person doesn’t trigger or start the addiction up, it can stay at bay, but it takes drive and push. The same kind of drive and push that it took for them to feed their addiction on an everyday basis.
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Cocaine Addiction 3 Addiction is an illness that requires treatment, because people with addictions cannot stop on their own. Symptoms of addiction include a person's inability to stop using the substance, devoting a lot of time and effort toward obtaining, using, and recovering from the substance's effects, discontinuing important social, employment, and recreational activities due to preoccupation with the substance, developing tolerance for the substance, and developing withdrawal symptoms. Environment and genetics seem to be the main causes is addiction. I call this Nature or Nurture. When a person has been conditioned to drugs and alcohol due to them being raised in an environment where this is all they see as a child, this could be the condition that they are used to that encourages them to try drugs when they are able to. Then you have Nature which seems to
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