Science
Drug Abuse and the Brain

Question Description

Seminar Option 2

  • Do you agree that substance abuse is a disease? Why or why not?
  • How do various drugs and alcohol affect brain function and chemistry?
  • What are some neurological risks associated with drug and/or alcohol use?
  • How does addiction get hard-wired into the brain?
  • Discuss some treatments and/or cures for drug and alcohol addiction.
  • What are some of these treatments’ drawbacks?
  • How can drug addiction spin off into other health crises?
  • If you had a friend with a substance abuse problem, what advice would you give them?

Submit an essay of at least 400 words that addresses and answers the questions listed above, written in your own words with citations, if appropriate.

A: 18-20 points

• Response is on topic and original.

• Response makes frequent, informed references to unit material and the Seminar archive.

• Response is clearly written, in Standard American English (SAE) and appropriate for academic discourse.

• Response meets posted length requirements, generally in the 400 word range

Final Answer

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Substance abuse is considered to be a disease by health agencies such as the American
Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Center on Addiction
(CenteronAddiction, n.d.). I agree with this agencies that substance abuse addiction is a disease
as the constant use of this substances affects the brain and body in a way that prolonged use leads
to serious health and social consequences.
Drugs and alcohol affect brain function as they interfere with the communication system
of the brain which enables neurons in the brain to send, receive, and process information (NIDA,
n.d.). Heroin is one such drug that mimics the normal brain function by acting as a natural
neurotransmitter which fools receptors into allowing the drug to activate the neurons by
attaching onto them. This usually disrupts the normal communication processes of the brain.
Different ...

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University of Virginia

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