Tobacco: Breaking The Addiction Essay

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I love meatloaf. I am not afraid to admit it; I love it. Many people disagree with my love of meatloaf, but I could have it every night for dinner. And maybe I will; maybe I will have meatloaf every night for months and maybe I will not grow tired of it. It remains delicious to me on every occasion. However on that 57th night perhaps I decide a pepperoni pizza is just too enticing and I cannot resist the temptation so I order a pizza rather than have my customary meatloaf. My pizza arrives and I devour it without a second thought. Afterwards the only problem I face is an upset stomach. However, if I had developed an addiction to meatloaf during my 56 night binge then I wouldn’t have been so lucky. An upset stomach would be coupled with withdrawal symptoms and from that point on I would have no control over my consumption of meatloaf because I developed an addiction.
Addiction is defined as the, “habitual psychological or physiologic dependence on a substance or practice that is beyond voluntary control” (“Definition,” n.d.). Perhaps it is a bit comical to believe that anyone in their right mind could become addicted to meatloaf, but any habit can become an addiction. There is currently a show called “Strange Addictions” and I once saw an episode where the man was addicted to eating plastic grocery bags. The causes of addiction are not very well understood but depend upon a combination of factors which can include: mental, physical, circumstantial, and emotional factors (“All About Addiction,” n.d.). In the case of the plastic bags the man displays a behavioral addiction which is the addiction to an activity. A common behavioral addiction is gambling. Addiction to a substance, such as nicotine or alcohol, is often the result of repeated use of an addictive substance that triggers pleasure in the brain. Eventually your tolerance increases and use of the substance is increased to regain that feeling of pleasure. When in an attempt to stop use, the user will face symptoms of withdrawal. In time the user no longer gains the pleasure from the substance but continues use to not experience the withdrawals; they take it to feel normal (“All About Addiction,” n.d.). Addictions, whether meatloaf or nicotine, can become quite serious. A popular song called “Otherside” by Macklemore does a fantastic job of capturing how addiction can affect you or your family even when you know it is damaging. This is one such verse,
Friendship cease, no peace in the mind
Stealin' and takin' anything to fix the pieces inside
Broken, hopeless, headed nowhere
Only motivation for what the dealer's supplying
That rush, that drug, that dope
Those pills, that crumb, that roach
Thinkin' I would never do that, not that drug
And growing up nobody ever does
Until your stuck,
Lookin' in the mirror like I can't believe what I've become
Swore I was goin' to be someone
And growing up everyone always does
We sell our dreams and our potential
To escape...

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