Paper on Addiction


Drug Addiction as a Medical Illness

Lauren Marrah

Communications 220

Chris Fuentes


The use of a controlled substance to modify mood or behavior is generally accepted in

society these substances include everything from Tylenol to heroin, and even coffee

like energy drinks. There are many people that engage in these activities socially;

however, when these substances become an everyday activity and are needed for normal

daily functioning, unaware to the daily programming, substance abuse has occurred

leading the addict to continue with this daily ritual without knowledge of what is truly

occurring. This pre-programmed addiction becomes like unawareness of the continued

abuse. Equally important are the occurrences that infect the most complex organ in the

human body, the brain. “Addiction should be considered an incurable disease in current

society, and most accurately should be classified as a medical illness that requires

treatment and counseling to cure”.

              Controversies over drugs and the effects they have physically, mentally, and

emotionally have been around for centuries. Some argue the fact that smoking marijuana

has no effects on the body. Some also say that other drugs have no long term mental

consequences. Now, thanks to hours of studies some answers have come to be exposed

showing the true long term health risk on the body and mind.

    Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs in the world. It is known to many as a way

to relax. The effects on the mind and psyche appeal to many musicians and writers

because it helps to stimulate creative thoughts to new levels of depth. Its popularity is

also well known for it’s medicinal properties being used to control pain and seizures.

This drug also imposes numerous negative health effects that include cancer, loss of...