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Darlene Sallie English 123 David March 7/12/17 My argument and opinion: Addiction - A Self Inflicted Action of Choice There are so vary many people that are considered addicts in today's society. They have been conditioned to believe that they're actions are part of a disease that they have. But in reality, it was their actions of choice that caused their addiction. Their choice to continue and their choice to "fall off the wagon" after being sober for some time. My life has been riddled with addiction from all angles. This has led me to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Holding people accountable for their actions instead of looking the other way is where the justice system comes into play. Addiction is a behavior and thus clearly intended by the individual person. Changes in dopamine have been theorized as the reason behind addiction. Theory is that the changes in dopamine when someone uses drugs is equal to the reward system tests used in rats. “Research shows that dopamine in the nucleus accumbens does not mediate primary or unconditioned food reward in animals (Aberman and Salamone, 1999; Nowend et al., 2001; Salamone et al., 2001; Salamone et al., 1997) Garris et al. (1999) reached similar conclusions: "Dopamine may therefore be a neural substrate for novelty or reward expectation rather than reward itself.
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