Persuasive Speech: Addiction Is A Disease

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PERSUASIVE SPEECH: Addiction Is A Disease No Addict wakes up one day and says to themselves “I think I will become an addict today.” As a matter of fact if you ask just about Anyone who has struggled with addiction weather they are currently using or have been clean and sober for some time, they will tell you they wouldn't wish it on anyone. Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is often mistaken that people who abuse drugs or alcohol lack morals or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that aid…show more content…
Addiction and the Brain: The first time someone uses a drug, they get a feeling of pleasure. Dopamine is responsible for that feeling. Because of the abuse of a substance, in order to bring stimulation to a more manageable level, the brain has to adjust. The brain has many paths where different signals are sent to different neurons for different functions, or outcomes. Neurons are brain cells that communicate with one another to achieve a feeling, or movement, or though, etc. There are neurons that send signals, and neurons that receive signals. The brain starts to change because of the flood of dopamine. Because there is more than enough dopamine, the number of dopamine receptors is decreased or the brain makes less dopamine. The result is less dopamine signaling in the brain. Because of this dopamine’s ability to activate is decreased, weakening the sensation of pleasure. The person feels flat, lifeless, and depressed. In fact, without drugs, life may seem joyless. Now the person needs drugs just to bring dopamine levels up to

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