Addicts and Society Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the impact of drug and alcohol addicts on society.
# 150540 | 2,040 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2012 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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This paper examines the effect of drug addicts and alcoholics on society, particularly the social and economic factors. The paper's overall thesis is that drug and alcohol addiction is slowly undermining the structure of society and is an increasing threat to the development and advancement of society in general. This view includes the way that it has affected the economy and the often complex interrelationship between economic factors and drug and alcohol abuse. First, the paper considers the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in society, which is further illustrated through statistics, charts and graphs. Then, it addresses the impact of addiction on society with a look at the number of young addicts and how it affects family structure. Next, the paper explores the link between drug addiction and the economy, particularly noting the spiraling cost of healthcare and rehabilitation. The paper concludes by noting that because of the media attention to addiction, there has been a reported decrease in reported cases.


The Prevalence of Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The Impact on Society and the Economy

From the Paper:

" The prevalence and significance of both drug and alcohol abuse is succinctly summarized in the following report from Howard Meitiner, President and CEO of Phoenix House, the largest non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in the United States. He states that, "Eighty-eight percent of the population feels that drug abuse is at either serious or crisis levels today, reflecting the devastating impact that addiction is having on individuals, families, and communities" (Study reveals rise in drug, alcohol abuse during economic downturn). In other words, this implies that the impact that substance abuse, including alcohol abuse, is having on society is extremely serious and there are a number of future implications of this trend that should be taken into account.
"The use of various drugs and mind or mood-altering substances is a phenomenon that is as old as human history. However, there are a number of factors that have led to an increase in the abuse of drugs and alcohol in our modern developed societies. In terms of drug abuse one of these factors is the development of chemicals and technology in the creation of mass drug production. Another factor is the ease of acquisition of these substances..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen J. ( 2006) Drugs a Factor in Many Sexual Assaults, Study Says. Retrieved September 27, 2009, from
  • Bennet W. (1999) The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators. New York: Broadway Books.
  • Drug addiction. Retrieved September 27, 2009, from
  • Drugs in the family. Retrieved April 24, 2006, from
  • Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse. Retrieved September 27, 2009, from

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