Justice and Addiction
Casinos created a market with $432 billion capacity, and this business is causing court cases like Angie Bachmann’s. Have you ever thought about casinos and their impact in our society? What about the people who go there to gamble? Do you think that casinos are ripping people off by providing a service without a benefit? Every year millions of Americans lose money to these casinos. This is the aftermath of creating a tempting environment and engineering the feelings and environment in way to cause the non problem gamblers to become heavily addicted. The concept and different attributes of addiction is explained in chapter 7 of the book, Opening Skinner’s Box, the author, ...view middle of the document...
Since Angie Bachmann previously ran out of money, Despite the fact that she was aware of her addiction and she did not fight through the withdrawal, which is possible according to Alexander's withdrawal study, and even though she didn’t try hard to change her habits, based on Duhigg's Golden Rule of habit change ( Which is by keeping the same cue and reward you can change almost any routine); By changing her environment, the casinos set up a tempting environment based on Olds and Milner's theory when they knew Bachmann was lonely and lacked excitement in her life, therefore she is accountable for her mistake but since she had declared bankruptcy, she shouldn’t be held responsible for the debt, because the casino targeted her and tried to deceive her by offering so many benefits and taking advantage of her addiction, ultimately makes the casino the culpable and responsible for her debt.
In the seduction Experiment, Alexander was trying to discover whether the environment has significant impact on addiction or not. So in order to prove its impact, he created two groups consisting of 16 rats. He gave morphine water to one of the groups for 57 days to make sure that they are addicted to morphine. After that he relocated all those rats in a park made for rats, they had tools to play and everything it needs. As he says “Give a rat Nautilus equipment and sex twenty-four hours a day and it won't get high” (Slater 159). It was right. By changing the environment those rats were happy, they added sugar to the water and another option was morphine water, rats in park chose the sugar water