What Government Researchers Get Wrong About Addiction and Young Adults
Addicition Changes the Brain
Generations have tried to find the reasons for drug addiction and dependency. If a cause can be found then a cure may not be far away. Our society is just beginning to break away from the old way of thinking that states addiction is caused by weakness alone. Research is beginning to break this antiquated notion and show that drug dependence is caused by a disease of the brain and that this sickness can be cured by a combination of medical and social treatments.
Addiction is a problem that compounds upon itself. It is caused by a problem within the brain and it also changes the brain. This causes the affected to have a more difficult time making correct choices and leads to relapses. There are numerous pitfalls that young adults can fall into when trying to get, and stay, sober. For this reason it is important to continue to research both brain chemistry as well as social programs to reintroduce these young adults into normal society. Jail is not a solution for these people as many can be made productive citizens without the dangers and costs of incarceration.
There is no one solution for this problem. The problem did not stem from one event or factor. It is a complicated disease that is responsible for a myriad of problems among young adults and has led to a failure to launch epidemic. We must all encourage the research of a variety of avenues to find out how to cure the problem. A Band-Aid solution of incarceration and punishment has not cured the e epidemic in our country. Research into the social and biologic factors of addiction will yield the best results.