PART 1

Review and reflect on the Inner Rage Theory Discussion Board below. Based on your review and reflection of new learnings in this course, write at least 400–600 words on the following:

What have you learned from others’ responses?

What were the most compelling points from the interaction with your fellow students?

How did participating in this discussion help in your understanding of the Discussion Board task?

What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information in the students’ networking?

What is still unclear after the discussion with your classmates that needs to be clarified?

 

Some people believe that addictions come from the inability of addicts to self-soothe the inner rage they experienced as a child.   This is not something that I personally believe.   Yes, it can happen.   Some people can have a wonderful childhood and grow up to become an addict.   There are multiple reasons as to why someone becomes an addict.   “No one factor can predict if a person will become addicted to drugs   (Abuse, 2016) .”   The environment can have a lot to do with addiction.   If you are around a lot of drugs growing up or even as an adult, there is a chance that you will fall into this pattern.   Economic status can also play a part in someone becoming an addict.   Poverty as well as high social status can push someone down the wrong path.   There are people that grow up in abusive homes that may feel drugs are the only way to take that pain away, but there are also people that take their experiences in life and make a better outcome for themselves.   Those people are the ones that can take that abusive home life and educate someone else about it.   They can show others that just because things were not great back then they can be great now.   Everyone is different and things effect people differently.

Addictions can be learned.   “ The learning theory of addictions is also backed up by neuroscience because addictive drugs activate dopamine -based reward systems that are designed by natural selection to strengthen naturally-rewarded behaviors such as feeding and mating   (Barber, 2013) .”   This theory makes complete sense to me.   When you do drugs, they give you that rush that you may not get otherwise.   When that rush comes down, you want it again, therefore you become addicted to the high.   The learning theory of addiction shows that at any age you could get addicted because of how it makes you feel.   There are other reasons that could make someone think it is ok to use drugs which in turn addiction sets in:

  1. People suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or other mental illnesses use drugs and alcohol to ease their suffering
  2. People see family members, friends, role models or entertainers using drugs and rationalize that they can too
  3. People become bored and think drugs will help
  4. People think drugs will help relieve stress
  5. People figure if a drug is prescribed by a doctor, it must be ok
  6. People get physically injured and unintentionally get hooked on prescribed drugs.
  7. People use drugs to cover painful memories in their past
  8. People think drugs will help them fit in.
  9. People chase the high they once experienced
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