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Friday, November 17, 2017

Addiction: The Real Serial Killer

Addiction: The Real Serial Killer



Addiction: The Real Serial Killer


There are a lot of murderers in the world.  When you think of a malicious killer, you probably picture a human who goes on a killing rampage.  Yet, there are other malevolent serial killers out there, one whose alias is addiction.  Addiction is a chronic, incurable disease similar to cancer and heart disease.  A person may have a genetic predisposition, increasing their chances of becoming addicted to certain substances or behaviors.

Addiction is a brain disease which causes obsessive thoughts and compulsive reactions surrounding pleasurable acts, such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, eating, or engaging in sexual activity.  The brain sees all of these activities as pleasurable and releases excess dopamine.  When a person partakes in activities often, the brain recognizes and compensates, ultimately producing less dopamine transmitters.  Excess dopamine is what causes a person to feel high, so they must increase the amount of use in order to feel the same effects.  Once a person’s brain gets used to pleasurable activities, their body begins to physically crave them, as well.  When you’re addicted to a drug, such as alcohol, and you become abstinent for whatever reason, your body can experience severe withdrawals from the abrupt lack of chemicals it is used to.

Drug abuse kills 200,000 people worldwide each year.  During a given time, 5% of the world’s population uses drugs.  Unfortunately, for many different reasons, many people don’t seek treatment for their addiction.  In fact, only one out of five people who need professional help get it.  There are several causes for this and a prominent one is they don’t want to.  It can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to make someone give up something they don’t want to give up.  That’s the irony of addiction: people continue to use even though they know it’s killing them.  Another big reason why a person suffering from addiction may not get help is because they cannot find or get into a treatment facility.  When you’re still on the addiction side, you may have no idea where to go and have no resources to use to get there.  If more people knew where to go to get help when they were ready, the addiction rate could be significantly decreased worldwide.   

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