Bruce Alexander's Rat Park Experiment Of Addiction

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Bruce Alexander’s Rat Park experiment of addiction appears to be applicable to human drug addictions. Alexander explains that addiction is not caused by chemical hooks, but by the environment people surround themselves in. As we see in The Wire, Bubbles is a serious heroin addict using his shopping cart business to bring in money to purchase more drugs. When we apply the Rat Park experiment to Bubbles case, Bubbles may not have a dangerous addiction to the drug if he lived a happier life in an environment where he had more control and meaning in his life. The Rat Park addiction can also be related to Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together” lecture. Rather than being addicted to drugs, humans are addicted to technology. We see each of these instances

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