Thursday, January 22, 2015

Addiction Theories Napalmed

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think�|�Johann Hari:

 ...So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.

When I learned all this, I found it slowly persuading me, but I still couldn't shake off a nagging doubt. Are these scientists saying chemical hooks make no difference? It was explained to me -- you can become addicted to gambling, and nobody thinks you inject a pack of cards into your veins. You can have all the addiction, and none of the chemical hooks. I went to a Gamblers' Anonymous meeting in Las Vegas (with the permission of everyone present, who knew I was there to observe) and they were as plainly addicted as the cocaine and heroin addicts I have known in my life. Yet there are no chemical hooks on a craps table...


billy pilgrim said...

"The most crucial step is to get them secure housing, and subsidized jobs so they have a purpose in life"

i think that's why there's an epidemic of depression, people don't have a purpose in life anymore.

Bob Harrison said...

i agree 100% with your assessment; my own battles with depression have most often been centered around a life purpose issue.