Essay about Is Addiction A Addiction?

1015 Words Dec 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
The Merriam-Webster dictionary establishes that the definition of addiction is a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” An addiction is anything that humans get attached to, most of the time harmful things that in the long run it can become life threatening for the addict. In Long Day 's Journey Into Night, the Tyrone family 's past and present have been so bizarre that normal coping tools, such as supporting and loving each other, don’t work anymore. So they have turned out to alcohol and drugs. These forms of dealing with the problem might numb the pain, but they also bring their own problems. For example, the Tyrone family is highly dysfunctional.
Why is it that each of the four Tyrone’s are addicted? Let’s start with James. Usually, when someone reaches for some way to numb any type of pain, the pain had to come from somewhere. James’ pain probably comes from is abandonment issues; his father left his family when James was very young, forcing him to grow up really quick. As a result, James never really had a model roll from his own father, this causing his own parenting methods to be a little strange. He admitted having given alcohol to his children when they were little as a medicine. Meanwhile, all of this is happening, he denies he has a dependency problem, the first step of being an addict. For example, Mary even says that while…

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