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Addiction as a Behavioral Health Disorder

Behavioral health disorders can victimized anybody. Although we have thecontrol to choose, peer pressures can get in the way of the decisions we will be making. Addiction is one of the most common behavioral health disorders. Addiction is quite widespread in every society. It knows no age bracket and socio-economic status. Addiction as defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary can mean persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.

One can get addicted to anything. One can even get addicted to sex and love. Substance addiction is one of the most popular kind of addiction. Its fame has sprung from the image it gives off, a negative one. People who are in the pits of substance addiction usually flaunt a succession of bad behaviors affecting people that surround him or her.

One can get addicted to numerous kinds of substances. Stimulants, opioids, and hallucinogens and PCP are examples of these different substances that produce negative effects to the body. These substances affect certain biochemicals in our brain which has direct reinforcing effects. The mesolimbic dopamine system is one of the areas of the brain that is involved in effects of these psychoactive substances. A savor of good food and physical satisfaction such as those produced by sexual stimulation activates this kind of system. This system can be turned on by psychoactive substances already mentioned. The effect is always so severe. The activation of mesolimbic dopamine system makes people to desire the cause of activation to replicate its effects. The use

of such substances gives off stable changes in one’s mesolimbic dopamine system which makes an individual desire for the substance. The mesolimbic dopamine system gets hyperactive once the substance has been used repeatedly. In short term and long term use of these substances, makes hard for the people to resist once they have already tried. The casual trying of any of the substances can make an individual crave for more. The high that is so compelling is the reason why it is wanted more.

The central nervous system is the one that gets activated every time stimulants are used. This causes feelings such as happiness, vitality, supremacy, a decreased desire for sleep, and reduced appetite. Examples of stimulants are cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, and caffeine. One of the most highly addictive substances ever known is cocaine. This substance can be snorted to have its effects felt rapidly. Amphetamines are substances initially introduced as antihistamines until people started noticing its stimulant effects. Nicotine is an alkaloid being found in tobaccos. Nicotine can be popularly found in cigarettes. Caffeine on the other hand is the most weighty used stimulant substance. Greatest amount of caffeine used is attributed to the wide use of coffee.

Opioids is used for a thousand of years to reduce pain until its assets have been discovered to be severely addictive. Morphine and heroin are examples of opioids. Morphine was used broadly as a pain reliever. This has been in the 19th century until its being addictive was discovered. Methadone and codeine are other examples of opioids. Opioid substances are substances found in the sap of the opium poppy.

When taken in very large amount, these substances produces illusions in perceptions and distortions in the way of thinking in small doses. Hallucinogens are combined group of peyote, ecstasy, and lysergic acid diethylamide or popularly known as LSD. On the other hand, PCP or phenylcyclidine are substances put on for smoking and snorting. PCP is not identified as hallucinogen but its effects are mostly the same. PCP is also popularly called as angel dust, PeaCePill, Hog, and Tranq.

Substance addiction is considered as a behavioral health disorder due to the effects brought about by the use of the substance. It produces a great change in ones behavior that is most of the time negative. This change in behavior usually affects the people that enclose the individual. These substances are illegal and can only be used legally when prescribed by specialists. One should be wary and stay away from this substances to not develop a problem.

Behavioral health disorders are hazardous to anybody especially addiction.

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