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Medicine and Health

5 PAPER PROMPTS: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, and the film THIN

Abstract

Drug abuse is the harmful use of substances or chemicals with psychoactive elements like alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal substances like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Drug addiction is often inevitable once an individual begins engaging in drug abuse, which affects the systems of the brain that influence the feeling of pleasure. Drug addiction has severe negative impacts on the affected person, with the adverse effects on the person’s health being arguably the worst. The financial burden on the addict is also rampant in the case of drug addiction. However, drug addiction also affects the families of the addicts, their communities, and society. Social and political costs are also negative consequences of addiction. Addiction not only relates to drug abuse but also other behaviors like gambling. Researchers believe that these behaviors have a similar impact on brain systems, like drugs.

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Discussion Paper: Medication-Assisted Therapy

Introduction

SAMHSA (2019) defines medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as the combination of counseling and other behavioral therapies in addition to medications to combat disorders related to substance abuse. MAT is also effective in the prevention of overdose on opioids like heroin. The approach is comprehensive for the patient and can help in recovery for persons suffering from drug addiction and mental illnesses. SAMHSA (2019) notes that the method is suitable, effective and efficient, especially for drug addicts who also have other mental conditions like bipolar disorder. These benefits have increased the popularity of the approach leading to many drug addicts embracing it. This paper will evaluate the MAT and evaluate its benefits and whether Nic’s father should have considered it.