Background “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.” AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE “The idea that addiction is a disease is the greatest medical hoax since the idea that masturbation would make you go blind. This is not to say that the behaviors people now fashionably regard as symptoms of addiction are non-existent….Calling human pursuits diseases tells us more about the diagnostician than it does about the persons being diagnosed.” JEFFREY SCHALER “most of what you think you know about drugs and drug abuse is wrong: that addiction is not a brain disease; that most of the 50 million Americans who use an illegal drug in a given year have overwhelmingly positive experiences; that our policies have been warped by a focus only on the bad outcomes” DR. CARL HART Discussion Question Why? Contrary to popular belief, every single day some people who struggle with the “disease” of addiction wake up and say, “Thats it” they arrive at a point where they are “sick and tired of being and sick and tired”. They reach a “moment of clarity”. How does a truly hijacked brain make this choice? Are addiction urges controllable? or is it like a disease beyond the control of the patient? Expectations Please post your original response by Thursday of Week 3, and comment on at least one post of one classmate by Sunday no later than 11:59 P.M. Grading A rubric is provided which explains the expectations and point distribution for this assignment.
Contrary to popular belief, every single day some people who struggle with the “disease” of addiction wake up and say, “thats it” they arrive at a point where they are “sick and tired of being and sick and tired”.
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