Essay on Is Addiction A Habit Or A Disease?

1018 Words Oct 15th, 2015 null Page
Whether it’s in celebrity tabloids, dramatic television shows, or one’s life; addiction is very prevalent in culture. It manifests itself in many different way, both obvious and obscure. General examples of addiction include alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, shopping, and eating. It is important for people to recognize addiction, due to the snowball effect it has on the life of the addicted, along with the lives of the people around him or her. Neurologists and Psychologists have everlasting arguments on whether addiction is a habit or a disease. In my opinion addiction is a destructive habit that stems from difficult circumstances, a poor upbringing, or societal pressures; it offers temporary pleasure, both physical and mental, followed by crippling pain felt by the afflicted and the ones they care about.
In the ESPN film “Unguarded”, the audience follows the downfall of Chris Herren, a Boston native and basketball star. Herren’s addiction rooted from the pressures of being a hometown hero, idolized at the age of 15. It was at that age that his addiction for alcohol began. He continued this trend of alcohol addiction throughout his high school basketball career. However this destructive behavior did not affect his basketball career, in fact he went on to be one of the top players in the country. After High School, Chris vowed to his family and friends that he would kick the habit, and focus only on his career. This promise was quickly broken in his freshman year at Boston…

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