Addiction determines your path

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Addiction determines your path

Opioids are one of the easiest drugs to get addicted to.

Opioids are one of the easiest drugs to get addicted to.

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Opioids are one of the easiest drugs to get addicted to.

Photo provided by:NIDA

Photo provided by:NIDA

Opioids are one of the easiest drugs to get addicted to.

Sarah Liden, A&E and Social Media Editor

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Addiction is a difficult subject to tackle, since so many people argue on whether or not it’s a disease or not. Addiction is classified by the Center of Disease as a “complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences.”

Addiction is a disease, but one you chose to contract. You chose to start by using a drug, drinking alcohol, or whatever your personal vice is.

From my standpoint, I think the addict is always to blame for getting addicted. There is so much information available regarding how addictive certain substances are, and how quickly they can ruin your life. There is really no excuse for becoming addicted to things such as cigarettes or nicotine based products because it’s been proven a multitude of times over the years that it causes lung cancer. Addiction is a gradual decay of the mind and body. The reason it’s gradual is because the body becomes used to the amount of toxic substances going into it, and starts to crave more to get that “high” again.

In regards to becoming sober, as many people say, you can’t forcibly make someone clean. The addict has to want the help he/she is being offered. This isn’t to say that you should just give up if the addict in your life doesn’t want help. You should offer your help for as long as possible, since there’s always a possibility that the addict will come to terms with their addiction. The most successful attempts at staging an intervention requires the addict’s loved ones to be patient, and willing to do whatever they can to help the addict become sober.

Sarah Liden, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Sarah Liden is a senior and a 3rd year staffer. She is also the Arts and Entertainment editor and runs the social media. After high school, she hopes to ...

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