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
Psych 213 Dr. Les White April 9, 2012 Major points the article covers or raises “The Addicted Brain,” by Nestler and Malenka discussed the brain’s memory of addiction which results from repeated use and subsequently abuse of drugs and alcohol. While very technical and scientific in its detailing of the processes, it was also very insightful in spelling out the brains rewarding of the pleasure that results from drugs of abuse (DOA). It seems that we have known for quite a while why someone feels good when they use DOA, but the article points out that new research is just beginning to understand some of the resulting long term changes in the brain. Even though the pleasurable effects of using a particular drug aren’t as strong as they
Stopping is hard as the addcitive substance alters thinking patterns in the brain o drug use continues even though they know no reward is coming. They effectively have no self control. This means they have shorter periods of abtinacne. One of the strengths of the disease model addiction is that there is supporting reaearch. Volkow gave Ritalin to a group of participants he found that some of the participents enjoyed the experience while others didn’t.
Pros and cons of Substance Abuse Dawn Provance HMSV: 220 January 1, 2013 There are many pros and cons of substance abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse can be considered a brain disease, many people don’t realize that addiction is a disease that affects the brain, stopping substance abuse is not just a power of willpower. When people get addicted to drugs or alcohol they can have a lot of serious problems. Overtime drugs and alcohol can cause changes to the brain and can affect a person’s self-control. This can make it hard to make good decisions about are self. Addiction can be like diabetes or asthma, if you have one of these dieses it can’t be cured, you would have to learn how to handle it so it does not cause problems.
It's been described as a Trance, Meditation, and Dreams. All hallucinogens have varying effects from person to person, which is why they can be dangerous, but that doesn't mean they are. The illegal and unregulated hallucinogens people buy off the streets are what give Hallucinogens the frightening reputation they have. There are plenty of natural
In this syndrome, people are unable to form new memories. Researchers and clinicians working on alcoholism identified a link between these two conditions that is, Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff syndrome. The dangerous syndrome starts with the Wernicke’s encephalopathy and if proper treatment is not provided to the patient it becomes Korsakoff syndrome. The symptoms in the initial phase, that is Wernicke’s encephalopathy, appear suddenly with the most common ones being mental confusion and memory related problems. On examination, it was also found that patients having this syndrome have difficulty in moving the eyes.
Treatments today consist of therapy that involves many different methods. One of the most popular treatments is medication that will change behavior and help slow the memory loss. On the other side of the same coin these drugs can create sleep problems where the patient becomes restless and unable to sleep at night. Some of the drugs prescribed are Cholinesterase inhibitors that help with cognitive symptoms. These work by preventing the breakdown of a chemical messenger in the brain called acetylcholine.
In my Psychology book in one chapter it talked about the alcohol impairment and how it can then create bad judgment. Because alcohol acts to depress the reticular activating system, several things occur. The altering mechanism is depressed such that a person does not become aware of potentially hazardous or dangerous situations that the sensory functions detect. The sensory functions themselves are deteriorated and may not be supplying complete or correct information to the brain. A person's motor of functions is impaired; yet, because of alcohol's depressant effect that person will feel less inhibited and more self confident about themselves.
There is no right way to heal the brain from addiction, but SPECT imaging is a vital tool in helping people to appreciate what is happening with their brain. Some studies have shown that those who endure substance abuse can also be affected by
Some long-term effects are: suppression of the immune system, growth disorders, increase of abnormally structured cells in the body, or inability to understand things clearly. The foundation for a drug-free world feels very strongly when it comes to be being against marijuana; rather it’s with their arguments or by their name. It seems like they want to free the world of all drugs, not just marijuana. They talk about the affects of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and even crystal meth. With marijuana they really stress negatives that it can do to your body.