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&Quot;A Domestic Dilemma&Quot; Essay

1956 words - 8 pages

Ever since the Meadows family moved to New York from Alabama, something has been different. Martin would come home every night to the sight of his wife tippling around the house. Martin's wife, Emily had become an alcoholic. It was bad enough that Martin had to hire a house keeper to clean the house and look after their two children, Andy and Marianne. One night Emily had dropped Marianne on the corner of the table. It was not her intension, but she was just not coordinated enough to handle the child. There are many reasons why people start drinking, but Emily's reason was much harder to understand.

Except for infants born to addicted mothers, people are not born addicted to anything. Many people drink and try different drugs. And most people experience some kind of high. But not everybody becomes addicted. Why? And how does it affect the people who love the addicted? When and how can you help? When you can't help, where do you go for help?

Alcoholics: How and Why?

You are watching TV. You are relaxed and comfortable. The program you were watching breaks and a commercial comes on. The commercial is about a new chocolate bar, as you watch you become more aware of how hungry you are and how much you love chocolate. You have just experienced a craving. You stay and begin getting

absorbed into the program you were watching and your craving slowly goes away. Most people are able to control cravings. But when someone is addicted to something, it is not that easy. Instead, the craving for the substance keeps getting stronger and nothing except taking that substance can get rid of the craving.

Addiction does not usually happen overnight, it usually happens gradually over time. Most of the time it begins with experimentation, then moves on to regular use. Then before you know it, it develops into an addiction. Once a person gets addicted to something it becomes the focus in his or her life. The person then develops a tolerance to the alcohol. A tolerance is when it takes more and more of the alcohol to reach the original effect. And a lot of times when tolerance is reached a person may start to steal, or lose trust in their family and friends. Full addiction is reached when a person drinks because it is the only way the person thinks they can feel normal. It is no longer fun or pleasurable but it is necessary for the person to function. This happens because the alcohol addiction affects the brain, causing it to function differently. The brain doesn't work the same way it used to. And that's why an addicted person will continue to drink despite all the bad things that happen to him or her.

There are many reasons to why a person may become an alcoholic. Some may include, having friends that drink, having the lack of willpower not to drink, parents behavior, a person having a bad financial status, mental illness, childhood experiences, a problem personality, or an inherited tendency toward drinking. These...

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