Psychology And Substance Abuse And Addiction Counselor Essay

751 Words Jun 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Journal: From Problem to Persuasion 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 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.” I am going to be persuading the audience to agree with my view point on the topics of Nature vs. Nurture specifically in cases with drug addiction and alcohol addiction because most people take the genetic side (nature) or the environment side (nurture) where as I believe that both sides are correct.
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.” For example, Billy grows up with a mother who is addicted to methamphetamine and a father who is on cocaine. If Billy ends up using the same substances his parents did, is it because of genetics? Perhaps the genes passed down to Billy caused an addictive personality early on. Or is it because Billy watched his mother and father do those things all his life and he followed in their footsteps? Nature or nurture? I propose that it is a third option. I think it is both. Since both of Billy’s parents were heavily addicted to substances there is a possibility that…

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