Addiction In Slavery

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Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Although in some cases racism and prejudice are slowly dissolving, slavery still exists: in the form of addiction. Addiction is a subconscious decision that is rarely understood. Addiction is when an occasional activity transforms into an everyday need and when a craving transforms into dependence. Today, it is not unusual for someone to develop dependence on something such as food, drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. What many people do not understand is how and why these “sweet tooth” become such an enslavement to the lives of the people around them. It is always in question as to how addictions develop and why they are nearly impossible to overcome. The development of addiction is influenced…show more content…
First of all, addictions are not always the obvious dependences we notice every day. Addictions, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be big or small and can go unnoticed. Commonly known addictions include alcohol, nicotine, gambling, drugs, and sex (Lliades, 2014). These addictions seem familiar because in many circumstances they don’t go without being detected. What isn’t understood is that addiction goes beyond these popular activities. In fact, “…some behaviors are so common that an addiction can easily go by unnoticed.” These less recognized addictions could include shopping, working, caffeine, television, exercise, negativity, and love (Uttley, 2011). Although there are many addictions that are not perceived, it does not necessarily mean they are rare. Meaning, many people have these dependences but they don’t classify them as addictions. This is because watching television, shopping, and drinking coffee are normal everyday activities that many people participate in. For example, when an individual who is addicted to caffeine is walking down the street drinking a cup of coffee, not everyone around them can see how much that shot of caffeine plays a huge role in this addict’s everyday life. In contrast, if a smoker was walking down the same street as the individual drinking coffee, many people would understand the dependence of the smoker to…show more content…
Although an addict may feel as if they are freed from stress through their addiction, what isn’t taken into account is the amount of time before this stress returns. First, the addiction starts to change to morals and values of the addict, making it difficult to overcome their addiction. “The truth is, while a lack of morals is not to blame for our addictions, addictions are to blame for our compromise in morals” (How Addiction Effect our Morals, 2013). Meaning, addicts aren’t necessarily valueless. The addict has morals to begin with, but become so lost in the happiness their addiction provides them they begin to value their morals less. For example, an individual may have always valued a certain relationship. This relationship could be between their spouse, children, or even a very close friend. Suddenly, this individual spends less time on this relationship and instead builds a relationship with their addiction. Many advertisements use relationships as a way to sell products such as cigarettes and alcohol. For example, an ad may show a couple smoking a cigarette together in a social situation. These advertisements tend to work because addicts then start to see their addiction as a romance or a friendship (Kilbourne,1999). Rather than valuing the relationships they had before their addiction developed, addicts start to put their relationship between their

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