Nature And Nurture : A Clinical Psychologist, Or A Substance Abuse And Addiction Counselor

766 Words Jul 15th, 2016 4 Pages
I am greatly interested in the study of psychology due to the fact I want to be a clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist, or a substance abuse and addiction counselor. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” According to US News Article “A Blind Eye to Addiction” it states that “Over 38,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S in 2010.” Discovering the genetic and environmental causes for addition can potentially prevent drug overdoses. The research on nature and nurture can benefit treatment programs in addiction by allowing doctors and medical officials to look at both the genetic and environmental side of addiction in the patient. I am going to be persuading the audience that both nature and nurture can be beneficial research to use in treatment programs for drug addiction and alcohol addiction.
One of the oldest debates in psychology is Nature vs. Nurture. Simply Psychology says, “This debate within psychology is concerned with the extent to which particular aspects of behavior are a product of either inherited (i.e. genetic) or acquired (i.e. learned) characteristics.” In Alcohol Rehab’s article “Genetics and Environment in Addiction” it is said that “While genetic influences are generally significant factors in addiction, they play a larger role in addiction to some substances or behaviors. Genetic…

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