1. Harvard Health- The first article I read was from Harvard Health which explained how addiction works and the cycle of addiction in the brain. It explained what things addiction include which extends further from alcohol and drugs. Gambling is a primarily unknown form of addiction. The article also mentions that people used to think that addiction would occur as a result of a lack of willpower, however, there is science behind addiction. It occurs when The brain registers all pleasures the same which releases dopamine from the nucleus of nerve cells which can be tied with pleasure.
  2. Nicotine Dependence- This article discussed the facts about the symptoms, risk factors, causes, complications, and prevention of Nicotine use. Nicotine is probably one of the most widely used addictive chemicals, especially in teen years. It is possible to break this addiction but usually requires help from a clinic.
  3. Cycle of Addiction- This article includes the addiction cycle which lists initial use, abuse, tolerance, dependence, addiction, and relapse. It also includes a few paragraphs about how to break this cycle which usually requires help from a professional. Practicing abstinence, using therapy and medication are ways to break this cycle

Works Cited

Harvard Health Publishing. “How Addiction Hijacks the Brain.” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/how-addiction-hijacks-the-brain.

“Nicotine Dependence.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 9 Mar. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nicotine-dependence/symptoms-causes/syc-20351584.

Staff, Reviewed by Editorial. “The Addiction Cycle: Phases of the Chronically Relapsing Disease.” American Addiction Centers, americanaddictioncenters.org/the-addiction-cycle.


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  1. Maria Sandee 10 months ago

    Dear Johnny:
    I found your article very helpful as it removed the stigma around addiction as being “a result of a lack of willpower.” You used scientific facts to support your argument which helps people like me who are researching on the topic of nicotine addiction, specifically, juul. I am thankful for your concise writing as it kept me focus. One sentence that stood out was “Nicotine is probably one of the most widely used addictive chemicals, especially in teen years.” This stood out to me as it relates to my research on Juul use in NYC among teens. Please check out our website to learn more about the main cause of nicotine addiction in New York City among high school students: https://freshpod.home.blog/

  2. Alexander 10 months ago

    I found this article very helpful, as it broke down what addiction really was, in only a couple paragraphs. This post stated the facts and only the facts about the inner workings of addiction, the probability of being able to rid the addiction, and the most common substance that people are addicted to that people should stay away from. This response to the Harvard article mentioned is written very well and concisely, and I really enjoyed reading it.
    A couple of my classmates and I created a website discussing nicotine in the youth community, specifically Juul. This is our website: https://wordpress.com/view/boycottnicotine.wordpress.com

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