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1Drug AddictionRunning head: Drug AddictionSusan SadlerDrug AddictionContemporary HealthSouthern New Hampshire University
2Drug AddictionDrug AddictionAddiction is a massive problem in our society. We have people of all ethnicities, gender, and ages suffering with this problem. There are more than forty million people in the United States of which sixteen percent of those individuals, age twelve and older suffer from nicotine, alcohol, or drug addiction. Drug addiction, often known as, substance use disorder, is a dependency on a drug or medication. Alcohol and nicotine are legal constituents, which are also considered drugs. As a society we need to understand that addiction is a disease. . An individual’s decision to try drugs is intended, but eventually the brain changes and a individual’s self-will deter their capability to resist urges to use drugs.Drug addiction is considered a disease influenced by a combination of factors that include biology, social environment and a person’s age or stage of development. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse about half of Americans have a loved one, a friend, or an acquaintance that is addicted to drugs. The definition of drug abuse is the compulsive use of drugs, to where the user has no effective choice but to continue. A person, who becomes confined in these addictions, can lose their livelihoods. In the U.S, in 2003, approximately two