Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – Addiction Awareness

Name: Lydia Wanjiku Gachukia

Addiction Awareness

less than ten decades ago, alcohol consumption was an international
threat that lead to the national prohibition of alcohol in 1920. Its
(the prohibition) main goal was to improve family life, reduce crime
and corruption, and eliminate drunkenness and abuse. (History, 2009).
Dating back to ancient times, addictions from psychoactive substances
such as opium, alcohol, Amanita Muscaria, caffeine and nicotine were
often birthed by religious ceremonies, social approval, and medical
practices. (Crocq, 2007). In modern times, addiction has diversified
from merely addictive psychoactive substances to other external
forces such as food, gambling, video games and modern technology.
Despite being less extreme, modern-day addictions have taken a leap
on individuals mental and physical health. With psychoactive drugs,
the results of over-consumption can be easily detected physically, in
the mood and behavior of an individual, compared to gambling, video
games, and modern technology addiction which can be less noticeable
to the eye. I personally believe that as a nation, new addictions are
continuously arising as new innovations develop, and thereby
distributing to the amount of addiction crisis. With every new
innovation, we stand the chance of developing a new addiction such as
modern-day video games and social platforms addiction.

a majority of modern technology and fast food franchises’ targeting
children and younger individuals, the consequences of these
addictions will be detrimental to their developing brains and their
overall social interactions within the society. The physical
consequences of gaming addiction could lead to obesity in an
individual, which is linked to other health conditions such as heart
diseases and many types of cancers. With higher video game and modern
technology addiction and the correlation to obesity, the social and
emotional consequences might include depression and lower quality of
life. Other physical and emotional consequences of modern technology
addiction in children might include decline in-school performances,
irritability, social isolation, and heavy withdrawal when they’re
not attached to their screens and their gaming controllers. By
targeting developing children, the emotional consequences of video
games and social media addiction will come with a high cost both
socially and individually by altering how people interact and
increasing psychiatric disorders. With the modern technology
addiction crisis spiking and changing its form with each innervation,
the hefty consequences are yet to be faced.

the individual, I believe that the best remedy for this crisis would
be moderation and acknowledgement of the addiction. With each modern
addictions, the emotional and physical damages may not be readily
explicit and could possibly take years to detect the heavy burden of
the addictions. Hence, individuals should start by acknowledging when
they are addicted to substances and comprehend that each addiction
may contain distinctive symptoms. By acknowledging an addiction, this
remedy assures that individuals are not in denial and are willing to
alter their ways. As a society, increased support for rehabilitation
that aid those who acknowledge addictions, should facilitate the
negativity and difficulty that might accompany this process. With
most modern-day addictions targeting children and younger
individuals, parents should manage and assure that their children
have a balance in their daily lives. In addition, rather than eating
fast food every day, or spending an excessive amount of time staring
at screens, both the parent and the child should come to agreements
on how to incorporate everything in moderation.

it is clear that as a nation, the addiction crisis has spiked, as new
innovations arise. By adding to the existing, modern addictions also
have detrimental consequences, which often surge with time. I believe
that the best remedy both socially and individually would be
moderation and acknowledgement of the addiction. All in all, humans
are no strangers to addictions. After all, we have continuously been
battling and attempting to comprehend the new forms it acquires,
prior to the ancient times.


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