Essay Addiction : An Often Relapsing Brain Disease

957 Words Sep 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Homework Assignment #1 Addiction, an often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking. The definition just stated perfectly describes the two young men in the show Intervention. Travis and Matt are both struggling with the disease of addiction that is ruining their relationships, personality, and even their life. Travis who is a 22 year old and he is addicted an illicit drug called crystal meth. At the age of 16 he became a music sensation overnight causing him to fall into this drug problem. Shortly before this documentary was filmed, Travis was hospitalized with a meth binge causing permanent damage to his heart. His legs went numb, he felt like he was having a heart attack. Travis has a 3-year-old daughter who lives with his girlfriend who refuses to live with him until he gets clean. His parents have been divorced for a while and are extremely worried for him. He often thinks about suicide as they mention, “he says he wants to take a gun and blow his head off.”. He constantly begs his mother for money that she gives him and spends it on drugs. Matt is a 19-year-old male who is addicted to the illicit drug crack/cocaine. He lives in New England under the same roof as his parents. Every night his family including his mother, father, and grandmother eat dinner and question him. He has been an addict for two years, which is hurting all of his family members dearly including a sister who tries to help him. During a drug transaction at the start of his…

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