Persuasive Essay; Addiction Is a Disease

732 Words 3 Pages
Kelly Meeks
Instructor Kay Ryan
College Writing I/9 a.m.
08 October 2012
Addiction is a Disease Why is it when someone is diagnosed with cancer others are concerned and feel horrible, however, when someone is diagnosed with an addiction to drugs they are faced with alienation and ridicule? It seems so, because, people know that cancer is a disease that has been studied and researched for many while drug addiction has not. Individuals who abuse drugs are affected by physiological changes that occur in the brain, unfortunately these changes lead to addiction and should be treated as the disease it is and not as if it is a choice. Addiction as a disease of the brain occurs in the midbrain. The midbrain is our unconscious
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When the brain is overfilled with excessive amounts of dopamine, it adjusts the imbalance by either producing less of the chemical, or by reducing the number of brain cells that can send or receive it. - Drugs have similar structures to the chemical neurotransmitters an organism has this fool’s the brain into activating nerves to send abnormal messages. - Other drugs make the brain rapidly release large amount of dopamine, this neurotransmitter can be described as a persons pleasure reward.
IV. Long term effects of abusing drugs are the nature of addiction. -Gain a tolerance for the drug and loose the ability to enjoy it, along with loosing the ability to enjoy anything in life. The ending result of those disrupting chemicals that keep interfering with neurons and their normal jobs, and the releasing of dopamine eventually mess up the receptors to a point beyond repair. - Also drugs will impair cognitive function, which are critical to judgment, decision making, and learning, memory, and behavior control. V. For years drugs have been categorized as a poor personal decision, if the addiction persists then it is only because the person the person chooses to. But it’s just the brain defect - An addict should be able to make the decision to quit just as they made the decision to start taking the drugs. - Since a

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