Essay on Addiction Is A State Characterized By Compulsive Engagement

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Addiction is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite the consequences. This condition results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol or drugs) or engages in an activity (gambling or shopping). These substances or activities are pleasurable to the person, but the continued act can cause problems with everyday life, such as work, health, and family. Normally, users are not aware of their abnormal behavior and how it is affecting themselves and others. Many people start abusing drugs when they are under stress.
They think that using will relieve the stress and therefore make them feel better. People use in reaction to sadness or stress whether they have a physical addiction or not (National Institute on
Drug Abuse). Physical addiction happens when the body becomes dependent on the drug. This usually requires a higher dose of the drug to achieve certain effects because they have built a tolerance to the drug. Normally, people who are physically addicted to a drug go through withdraw if they have stopped using. Physical withdraw symptoms include sweating, vomiting, racing heart, difficulty breathing, etc. Others can be psychologically dependent on a drug. This a dependency of the mind and symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, depression, etc
(Addictions and Recovery). Whether someone is addicted physically or psychologically, there are many different arguments about substance addiction being a disease or a choice.
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