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  1. Introduction.
  2. Different moral and social concepts of addiction.
    1. Adolescent who experiments with illicit drugs.
    2. Those who create methamphetamines.
    3. Peer pressure.
  3. The role of genetics in drug addiction.
    1. The combination of genetics and passive acceptance of addiction during the growth of a child.
    2. Research into the addictions.
  4. The nature of addiction.
  5. Rehabilitation.
    1. The importance of detoxification.
  6. Conclusion.

Drug addiction and its treatment are complex issues for medical, psychological, and even legal and moral reasons. Addicts are vilified as objects of ridicule, but children are using intoxicating substances for the first time every day and substance abuse has occurred in almost every society in the history of human existence. The only realistic and rational response is to accept that each and every individual, especially adolescents, needs effective treatment that reflects their physical, social, and mental health needs. Different types of rehabilitation are required based on the types of drugs a user might be abusing, and the related problems that often emerge alongside addiction (e.g., HIV positive status or poor health, poverty, a criminal record, lack of self-care skills) can often require further or additional treatment ranging from the activities of daily living to job readiness to anger management.

[...] Genetic factors may make a drug enjoyable to one individual, while it would not be to another, and may also make withdrawal from the substance more difficult. It is important for individuals to know if they are more susceptible to addiction, so that they may work to avoid addictive chemicals and situations. The study of the role of genetics in addiction is helping to treat drug addiction. As each new addiction gene is identified, methods to target the gene can be created. Help is readily available though most studies make a full resolution of addiction look statistically unlikely. [...]


[...] As previously mentioned, many drug dealers change the appearance or taste of the illicit substance in order to mask the danger of addiction and injury. The nature of addiction is to want more and more. It behaves like a progressive and chronic illness. A classic 12-step recovery metaphor is that it is like jaywalking. A person who had a problem with jaywalking that was so severe that they injured themselves to the point of frequent injury (or even hospitalization), or neglected their children, or did not pay bills or any of the other obvious signs that a behavior is causing severe and negative repurcussions There is also the issue of multiple addictions. [...]


[...] Other addicts may combine their daily methadone dosage with illicit street drugs to achieve a different type of Addiction is a condition that tells the sufferer that they do not have the condition. In other words, a child who is addict will think that abusing substances helps their problems when it actually worsens them. Addiction can also include: gambling, sex, shoplifting, racing cars or other types of risk-oriented activities that can, at first, provide a thrill. The drive to do drugs (or drink) is often due to underlying psychological problems such as anxiety or depression. [...]

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