Drug Addiction Simulation

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Drugs in the United States are a huge problem. Many people are addicted to drugs and many of those people who are addicted do not receive help for their addiction. This addiction to a particular drug can be a huge part of ones life and can even control ones life in a negative way. It can affect relationships, families and careers. Heroin is a very big problem in the United States and it is very easy to get addicted too. Heroin often controls the addict 's life and takes away a normal and happy life. In this addiction simulation exercise, I was exposed to some of these horrible symptoms drug addicts to heroin experience and for forty-eight hours I engaged in this complicated exercise. Although symptoms I experienced were not in comparison …show more content…
I was proved wrong very quickly into this exercise. This project is very affective if one does it right and really commits to doing it. The purpose of this project was to have the participate really try to experience the symptoms of a drug addict. Most people know that addiction is a problem and that it is hard for the person who is addicted, however until a person is really placed into an addicts shoes, they cannot really know what it is like to be addicted. This exercise is the closest thing one can get to imitate a drug addiction without actually doing the drug. Although the symptoms were not as strong as a real drug addict would feel, the symptoms I felt were a minor form of those powerful symptoms. This project is very affective and the only way it could be more affective is if the participant in this activity was made to do this for a longer period of …show more content…
These symptoms affect the mind and body and they include tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. In this exercise, it stats that the participant used to be able to just get off on water but now the addiction has grown and the participant needed ice cubes. This is a perfect example of how tolerance can be built back up. “The overall decline in heroin reactions, however, is dose-dependent. If the continuing does level is high, then the tolerance effects will be more dramatic than if the dose level is low” (Levinthal, 130). I experienced this kind of symptom throughout the duration of this exercise. I noticed that when I would drink more water in a shorter period of time, I would be less thirsty an hour later compared to drinking just a small amount in a short period of time. Another experience I had was I would feel a “rush” when I would first get up and drink a lot of water and then I would experience what heroin users call “on the nod” when I hadn’t had water in a long time (Levinthal, 127). As well as those symptoms, I would defiantly feel withdrawal as I engaged in the activity more. My mouth would get dry and I felt a need for water. For heroin users the withdrawal symptoms can come with in four hours, however my mouth got dry fairly quickly (Levinthal,

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