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Human Anatomy

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What is it?


An addiction is "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is physically or psychologically habit-forming." There are three different types of addictions: substance-related, behavioral or process, and multiple addictons. Substance-related addictions may include dependence on the following alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs. Behavioral or process addictions include excesses related to gambling, food, sex, the internet, video games, or work. To have what is classified as multiple addictions means that a person may be diagnosed with more than one addiciton at varying degress of severtiy. Addictions are often accompanied by a morbid-factor, such as anxiety or depression.

A look into living with

1.) Take/use the substance ' cannot stop2.) Experience withdrawl symptoms3.) Continue habit despite health problem awareness4.) Make social or recreational sacrifices5.) Take risks to obtain the substance6.) Not aware that you have a problem7.) Lose interest in hobbies8.) Focus more on habit than relationships, career, finicial standing9.) Have a sense of secrecy about the habit


In 2009, 2.1 million hospital ER visits were due to drug abuse

In 2009, 23.5 million people 12+ needed treatment for alcohol or illicit drug abuse

Experiencing the High

As an addict recieves or takes their substance of choice, the brain releases a flood of dophamine to the circuit. Overstimulation of the nerotransmitters produces a sense of euphoria and intense pleasure, leaving the addict to feel the need to continue the use. Continued exposure to the addiction results in a tolerance and greater need of the substance, and eventually destroys a person's self-control while producing strong impluses to accompany the high.Over time, addicts may feel the sense or need to quit their addiction. It may seem that they are acquiring a sense of control, however they may relapse due to stress of relationships, work, or legal problems.

In 2005, 3.9 million people were treated for substance abuse

As a person experiences the pleasure of the continued use of the addiction physical changes are made in the nerve cells of the brain. Neurons release neurotransmitters into the synapses (empty spaces) between nerve cells, which are received by receptors in other neurons. Each time a person experiences a high more of a tolerance is created until the person needs a greater amount of the substance to receive the same sense of pleasure. As tolerance increases so the risk of the addiction.


This demonstrates how a the neurotransmitters are flooded with dophamine creating a sense of pleasure that becomes addictive to the person.

Axis I Alcohol abuseAxis II Borderline personality disorderAxis III HypertensionAxis IV Psychosocial stressors: unstable relationships, following of paparazzi, fame, family struggles; Environment stressors: living in LA with hustle of fame and city, acting dealsAxis V Current global assessment of functioning (GAF):40

Lindsay Lohan

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