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This article pnoits to some of the most important issues surrounding addiction. First off, I definitely think blaiming the addicts themselves for not getting help causes more problems. When you are addicted, you already feel so useless, helpless, and insignificant that having more people, including professionals, tell you how at fault you are for not getting better will only lower your self-esteem, self-image, and motivation to seek help. At the very least, we could at least offer support and encouragement for addicts to get help, instead of playing the blame game.Secondly, I think the question of who to blame is one that does not have a clear answer. I’ve already established that I do not think addicts are to blame for not getting help but we cannot place all the blame on drug counselors or drug programs as well. Addiction is a complex phenomenom – there are a variety of things that cause it, sustain it, and also make one get rid of it. Every addiction also manifests itself differently in each individual – one treatment plan may work for one person but not another. Can we really sit and blame treatment programs? Before we place blame on anyone, we need to invest more time, research, and effort into the complexities of addiction. That is the only way to truly know how and/or why healers are not getting through to addicts.Lastly, it has clearly been shown that the brain plays a large role in addiction, though we are unsure of that exact role at the moment. It has been shown that addiction may also have a heritability component as well. My only concern would be to not forget the impact of environmental and social factors on addiction; I say this for two reasons. One reason is because placing too much emphasis on the brain may make drug users and addicts more likely to blame their habit on their “brain” and write it off as something they cannot control. As much as I believe addiction is a disease, we need to be careful that we do not give addicts an easy exit and/or excuse for their problem. My second reason is because, more likely than not, the brain probably interacts with environmental factors when it comes to addiction. This has already been shown to be the case in other psychological areas (nature vs. nurture debate, anyone?). If we can focus more on the brain AND environmental factors together rather than separate, I suspect that will yield better results.
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