After reading Chapter 15 I realized that the brain can be a very powerful organ, it can reward you in many ways and it can be very dangerous in many ways. If you combine drugs and alcohol to the mix it can cause an individual to become a shell (what you use to be). According the reading a drug addict will spend 24 hours a day trying to find that drug of choice, in which they will forego eating, drinking, and bathing. In addition, according to (Everitt & Robbins, 2005), individuals will neglect family, friends, and work without any cognitive effort as to shelter, social groups, or how will they get their bills paid. Opiates (cocaine, heroin, and potent pain kills) can produce sensations of pleasure in the brain. One of the side effects of Cocaine is that it generates a strong sensation of pleasure during sex (from what I here), and that Heroin and Cocaine are very hard drug habits to break, most relapse in less than a year (this information is from the court channel). There are 2 core behavioral patterns that define addiction; intensification and reinstatement, in which are defined as chronic, relapsing disorder (Leshner, 1997; McLellan, 2000).
Many women who have a substance abuse will even neglect their children (seen with my own eyes), and some have even sold their daughters to the dope man as collateral or payment for drugs. I have many family members who have let drugs take control of their lives, such as, individuals who have gone in and out of prisons for years, because their drug use costs hundreds of dollars a day, and with no job they had to support their habit by committing crimes. Also, many family members of mine are alcoholics, they will drink until they no longer have the muscle control to hold a glass of alcohol. Consequently, many of my family members will neglect eating and drinking (water), as a result, they are hospitalized numerous times for dehydration and symptoms from cirrhosis of the liver.
I enjoyed chapter 15 because it hit home for me.