Essay about Aging and Addiction

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Stages of addiction

Addiction is defines as, “being abnormally tolerant to, and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)”. (www.webstersdictionary.org) Addiction, or “chemical dependency” is a disease that affects several people worldwide. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), In the United Sates alone 22 million Americans have a substance abuse or dependency problem, only 2.5 million of them seek treatment. Chemical dependency is not a process takes place over night, it occurs after repeated misuse of a chemical/substance. This repeated misuse goes
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They may seem harmless since the individual has technically not yet been “addicted” however the following stages get closer and closer to it.

The following stage, abuse is usually one’s feeling of a “positive” reaction towards the chemical substance’s misuse. This is the middle stage of addiction in which the individual is no longer “experimenting”’ with the chemical subtsances, however they increasing misuse it and thus abuse it. For example, Mr. Skip noticed that alcohol seemed to “cure” his fear of women. So every time he was invited to some sort of social event he would drink enough alcohol to numb/silence that fear. This is obviously not the purpose of alcohol (to serve as a medication, if anything alcohol will create a disease for you, not be the cure of one). It is difficult especially for someone heading towards addiction to recognize which stage of addiction they are in or whether or not they are even addicted at all. As Carl Colleran, and Debra Jay mention in their book, Aging & Addiction, “Alcoholism is a disease that keeps itself secret from the victim. While the disease is dismantling the alcoholic’s life, the alcoholic is working to preserves the disease.” (pg 73) signs of an individual in the mid/later stages towards addiction include their transtition from experimentation to misuse, so for example instead of drinking alcohol consistantly at home, the individual might drink so often that they find themselves drinking/drunk and driving which

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