Addiction Brain Disease

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Latasha Williams September 25, 2013 Epling Psychology Issue #1 Is addiction a brain disease? Well if I had to answer that question I would say it is very debatable. In this world today everyone is untitled to their own opinion; some may say yes, some may say no. But how would we know who is right and who is wrong? Let’s start off by knowing what the definition of drug addiction is first. Drug Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because they change its structure and how it works. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works, and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction. You will never know when a…show more content…
Drug addiction is a brain disease because of repeated use and abuse of drugs changes the brain. The brain imaging studies show changes in the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, and behavior control. The preponderance of research indicates neurological effects of repeated drug use. Drug addiction also alters brain pleasure centers, so that normal happiness requires higher and more frequent drugs. Drugs are chemicals; they work in the brain by tapping into the brain’s communication system and interfering with the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Drugs, such as amphetamine or cocaine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters or prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals. The disruption produces a highly amplified message disrupting communication channels. It also has a difference in effect which can be described as the difference between someone whispering into your ear and someone shouting into a microphone. Addiction is a brain disease because it has so many different type of effects that disrupt the brain
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