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In this term paper I will address the disease of drug addiction a disease that affects the lives of millions of people worldwide Drug addiction not only destroys those that use the drugs but also the lives of people close to the addict I will give you a look at the disease from the biological standpoint starting with a definition of an addict In the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous an addict is defined as a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs Our whole life is centered in drugs in one form or another the getting using and finding ways and means to get more We lived to use and used to live We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same Jails institutions and death Addiction History Historically alcohol and drug dependency was viewed as a sin or a disease In recent decades it has been thought to be a maladaptive behavior patterns Ie debilitative habits are overlearned I believe that its a combination of all 3 A disease in which people learn to act in immoral ways A drug is any chemical agent that affects biological function Some act in the brain others in organs and some in several parts of the body at the same time A psychotropic drug is one that acts in the brain to alter mood thought process or behavior Addictive drugs are defined by the fact that they are self-administered without medical prescription repeatedly compulsively and even self-destructively Drugs have been classified into seven different families and each affects a different part of the brain See table 1 In the past drug addiction was viewed as a morally reprehensive behavior that addicts could control if only they made the effort Today it is argued that drug addictions are in many ways like infectious diseases some people are infected but not everyone There are differing degrees of immunity
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