Drug Addiction Argumentative Essay

974 Words Nov 28th, 2012 4 Pages
Natalee Sweet
Comp. #1
Mr. Yates
7-22-2012
Argumentative Essay: Addiction is a choice Alcohol and illicit drug consumption are all too prevalent today in high schools, colleges, and all across the globe. Students seeking to fit in or forget about the repetitiveness of school and homework have a tendency to experiment. Drug addiction is known by the scientific community to be a psychological condition based on excessive, obsessive, and compulsive actions. Once that regular user crosses the line into addiction their only concern is their self and their life revolves around the getting, using, and finding ways and means to get and use more. Most people start using drugs and alcohol occasionally, which is a voluntary decision,
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Addiction is a neurologically based disease and is related to neurological disorders like Tourette’s Syndrome. This disorder manifests in long term obsessive-compulsive behaviors outside the realm of the addicts own control. Therefore addiction is not something a person can control if they are unfortunate enough to have a neurological disorder or disease. People must accept that these problems are not primarily mental or free will issues and is not about will power. For many years now there has been scientific evidence that addiction researchers have found proof that drug addiction has a genetic basis. According to scientific researchers, they have found that addiction dependence in humans is clearly influenced by genes as well as environmental factors. There is clearly an increased risk for severe drug-related problems in children of alcoholics or drug addicts even if they have been raised without knowledge of their biological parents’ problems. While studies support the view that addiction is genetic that lead to an increased risk of addiction has been a laborious task, since humans express more than one hundred thousand genes. However, in 1997, researchers announced that they had mapped three gene regions in mice that influence susceptibility to physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Drug use causes the brain to release dopamine, a chemical involved in experiencing pleasure and this surge in dopamine can be so powerful that

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