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This blog will explore the roles that the 'Brain Disease Model of Addiction' (BDMA) and the principles of 'Choice' and 'Responsibility' should play in a.) identifying the cause of addiction to alcohol or drugs and b.) the treatment of it. In order to do so, I will initially provide a brief theoretical background of both arguments before moving on to analyse some of the research which identifies a proposed 'hybrid' solution that incorporates both the BDMA and principles of 'choice' and 'responsib...
In this academic post, I looks at three real life scenarios of people with addiction and/or problematic use involving alcohol and drugs that are played out as recorded interviews. I then explore and apply various different theories that academics and scientists commonly apply to such scenarios. This was my first piece of coursework as part of my Masters Degree and really opened my eyes to the unique circumstances of every individual that goes through some sort of problem in relation to alcohol and drugs. The work discusses 'theories' of why people become 'addicted' and what really blew my mind is just how many there are.
Here, I explore various theories about why young people drink alcohol and compare the differences between various European countries, such as the UK, Denmark, Norway and Italy. The differences between the UK and Italy, for example, are quite significant. What I found worrying, is the emphasis that is placed on how young people can use alcohol as a way of creating their identification and character. Something I could certainly relate to. The article also looks at the influence of the alcohol industry and the more you get to know me and my work the more you will understand my thoughts towards the power that industry holds on policy and the lives of all people, not just those classed as 'young'.