Research Design Proposal10th Honors World Literature/CompositionLester and HamiltonSpring 2012Cristina Gonzalez and Jordan GrandtResearch Paper TopicOur research topic includes the reasoning of how addiction to both alcohol and drug substances amongveterans should be considered a disease and not a choice. We would also like to persuade the readers ofour research paper to take the stance that addiction to these dangerous substances should be identifiedby the government among the military. We also believe that there should be assistance among veteransfor these dangerous diseases.What We Know about the Topic at This Point and Why We’re Interested In This TopicWe know that there are many “official” diseases that are associated with addiction. These include theinfamous diseases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and many different anxiety disorders.Addiction affects the brain, sending varying levels of dopamine through the brain, creating differentemotions. Veterans with mental disorders, such as the common disease PTSD, are more likely to beprescribed unnecessary opioid painkillers. This increases the likelihood of addiction and dependence onthese pills. The government and the military do not officially see addiction as a clinical disorder, offeringlittle help to the veterans with great need. Although programs are offered, many veterans need muchmore assistance in their fight against this deadly disease. We are interested in this topic because wewant to understand the troubles that veteran addicts go through in everyday life.What We Want To LearnWe wish to learn even more about the connection between mental illnesses and addiction. We alsowant to find out what classifies something as a disease or not. We hope that in the process of our
research that we come to know what options there are for these addict veterans. For example, wewonder if there are pills or other treatments besides therapy for these veterans. Another thing that wewish to find out is whether or not the military is supportive of its addict veterans. Finally, we wish toknow whether the military screens against addicts when they volunteer into the military.Our Initial List of Questions We Have About Our Topic 1. Do many doctors use the “disease model,” a method used to define diseases? 2. How can you compare addiction to other diseases? 3. Is there a specific gene that controls addiction? 4. How are rehabilitation services helping veterans suffering from addiction? 5. Why does prescription abuse in veterans happen so often? 6. How often are veterans suffering from mental disorders and addiction prescribed painkillers as opposed to therapy? 7. What in place of addiction help soldiers with images from the war? 8. How should nonviolent addicts be treated in comparison with violent addicts? 9. Why are people with mental illnesses more prone to addiction? 10. How have doctors identified the stages of addiction in veterans? 11. In what ways does addiction affect the brain permanently?Our Three Primary Research QuestionsShould addiction be treated as a disease in the military? 1. How can addiction be proven as a disease to the military? 2. How do mental illnesses in veterans connect to addiction? 3. How does addiction in veterans affect the brain?
Our Research PlanOur Research Plan SIRS is a very dependable database for our topic, along with CNN News for interesting, relevant videos, as well as news articles. We plan to organize our information using websites such as Symbaloo for information. We plan to use Symbaloo to bookmark and keep track of any websites or articles that we find to be extremely helpful. Networking and sharing these helpful articles is important to us, as Symbaloo is very easy to share with. With both of our hard working personalities, time management should be easy to control. Our plan is to get as much work done at school as possible, to allow for easy question asking. We will be citating using EasyBib, as it allows easy access for one person to control all of the citations, allowing for consistency. As partners, we will share the research and writing responsibilities equally. We plan to keep in touch as often as possible throughout the process to ensure correct and equal partner work is being accomplished. We do not foresee any big challenges for this research project, as we work well together and are great communicators.Content Creation ToolsWe plan to use a PowerPoint presentation to create a zen project. We will also use Flickr to find suitablepictures relating to our project in both concrete and abstract manners. A voiceover will be included tooptimize the presentations cleanliness and professionalism.Final Learning ProjectWe plan to create a zen styled PowerPoint with a dual voice over as our final learning product. Thisdigital text composition will optimize all of the research we will put into this project. This option offers a
clean appearance while still offering many facts and arguments for our case. At this time, we plan tocreate a shaping sheet to organize our research topics and subtopics.Preliminary BibliographyBeck, Melinda. "In Search of Alcoholism Genes." Wall Street Journal. 08 Feb 2011: D.1. SIRS IssuesResearcher. Web. 27 Mar 2012.Brooks, Adam C. "Addiction Is Not Hopeless." CNN. 22 Feb. 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.<http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/22/opinion/brooks-addiction-problem/index.html?iref=allsearch>.Eligon, John. "Queens Court For Veterans Aims to Help, Not Punish." 2010: A28(L). Gale OpposingViewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=News&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA244255665&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=35b4461b3e5eaf3eca8c61d5efe914ee>.Explain It to Me: Addiction. CNN. 21 Feb. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012.<http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2012/02/21/eitm-addiction.cnn>."Give an Hour Answers Admiral Mullens Call for Nonprofits to Assist with Military Mental HealthIssues." 2010: 324. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=News&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA225657183&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=99daea9552e92fe106db44683082fa16>.
Hahn, Valerie S. "Special Court Aids St. Louis Veterans with Drug Trouble." St. Louis. 5 Jan. 2011. Web.27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/special-court-aids-st-louis-veterans-with-drug-trouble/article_126c75d2-ce59-5af9-a53e-979f39eb7b33.html?print=1>.Hodge, Nathan. "Navy, Marines to Start Random Alcohol Tests." Wall Street Journal. 5 Mar. 2012. Web.27 Mar. 2012.<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204276304577263882094905596.html>.Kounang, Nadia. "Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Be Prescribed Painkillers." CNN. 6 Mar. 2012.Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/06/veterans-with-ptsd-more-likely-to-be-be-prescribed-painkillers/>.Mccauley, Kevin T. "Is Addiction Really a Disease?" Texas Bar Journal (2004). Gale Opposing ViewpointsIn Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/ViewpointsDetailsPage/ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010103273&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=ca6bbe38f95d01d2b2d8534cc424c56b>.Military Takes Lead in Cutting Addiction. CNN. 24 Feb. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012.<http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2012/02/24/dnt-starr-military-addiction.cnn>.Neergaard, Lauran. "Addiction a Brain Disorder, Not Just Bad Behavior." Sun Herald. 16 Aug 2011: N.p.SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 27 Mar 2012.
Robins, Lee N. "Vietnam: Follow-Up Study." Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior.Ed.Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt.Vol. 3. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. 1311-1312. Gale VirtualReference Library.Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX3403100470&v=2.1&u=cant48040&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w>.Stovroff, Irwin. "Mans Best Friend Should Not Be a Pill." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com,27 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irwin-stovroff/ptsd-veterans-_b_1380099.html>