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As an individual uses drugs their brain becomes addicted One doctor concludes Person takes a drug of abuse activating the same brain circuits as do behaviors linked to survival The drug causes a surge in levels of a brain chemical called dopamine which results in feelings of pleasure The brain remembers this pleasure and wants it repeated The need to obtain and take drugs becomes more important than any other need The addict no longer seeks the drug for pleasure but for relieving distress Eventually the drive to seek and use the drug is all that matters despite devastating consequences Finally control and choice and everything that once held value in a persons life such as family job and community are lost to the disease of addiction VolkowNot all people that use drugs become addicted The vulnerability of the user determines if they will become addicted to a drug Many factors affect a persons vulnerability for example social environment genetics gender and culture A social environment is the biggest factor that could influence someone to use drugs An individual could be pressured by peers or dealing with some type of abuse that causes them to become addicted to drugs There are even situations where people have some type of stress in their life that leads them to become involved with drugsMany crimes that have been committed are drug related Drugs dealing is a millions dollar industry This makes drug addiction a big issue in the United States Drug related crime has the government supplying huge amounts of money to put a stop to this illegal activity Over half of all the people arrested in the United States test positive for illegal drugs NCVC Individuals who suffer from addiction often have one or more additional medical issues including lung and cardiovascular disease stroke cancer and mental disorders NIDA 21 For instance if an addict uses a needle to consume their drug they are putting
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