Addiction Is A Primary, Chronic Disease Of Brain Reward Essay

1191 Words Nov 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors (Definition of Addiction). My family has had their fair share of being addicted to alcohol. To this day, my grandfather talks about how he overcame an alcoholic addiction that changed his life for the better. My grandfather had a problem with drinking, and when drinking was involved, so was gambling. He would spend their money hoping that when they leave the casino, more money would be in their pockets then before. Time after time he learned that he was coming out with less then when he entered. When my grandmother first married him, she wanted nothing to do with drinking and gambling. The more that they went out together, the more tempting it was. Before she knew it, they both were drinking non-stop. Years passed by and they finally came to a point in their life where they figured out that this was not for them. They both put the alcohol away and moved forward. Now 40 years later, my mother is in the same spot. This shows that an alcoholic addiction can be heredity and even stress. I then started to look into what are the significant risk factors of an alcoholic addiction? An alcoholic addiction affects not only the one that is abusing the…

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