The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

  • metta

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    Jun 15, 2015 6:57 AM GMT
    The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013
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    Jun 16, 2015 1:16 AM GMT
    Yes, it's exactly what I thought, and have expressed my opinion on it to several friends.

    Nice to see that research was actually done that proved my theory correct. icon_biggrin.gif
  • FRE0

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    Jun 16, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    Part of the article does make sense. There are often two components to addiction, i.e., the psychological and the physical part. Sudden withdrawal causes physical withdrawal symptoms which can actually be fatal; that really cannot be denied.
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    Jun 16, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    Well, yes & no. And I think the author, in his selection of sources in this rather subjective piece, somewhat proves this.

    Physical addiction exists, in my view. But the missing component has been the "cage" as he phrases it.

    I guess my own cage must be pretty weak or non-existent, and same with my husband, because neither of us have either been addicted to drugs. Despite having taken some pretty heavy ones for injuries & surgeries.

    When the pain went away the drugs went away, along with any thoughts about them. Taking them was a burden, why would we take them after their job was done? I guess we're just kinda happy & content guys.

    Nor do we think of drugs as recreational. I still haven't smoked marijuana in my entire 66 years. Simply don't care about it. Nor does my husband.

    Alcohol is a drug, which my husband takes rather seldom, maybe 2 drinks a week if that. I drink more than him, and like to make jokes about my occasional buzz (which ultimately gets me in trouble in hostile places like RJ with the homophobic Right Wing vultures here).

    But sometimes I go weeks without drinking, and don't really miss it or have withdrawals. For me it's just a social activity. Nor were any of my family addictive, except maybe my Mother with cigarettes. I do believe nicotine can be physically addictive to some people, as I think it was to her, regardless of any "cage".

    So I mostly would concur with this author's views, though with reservations.
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    Jun 16, 2015 4:45 AM GMT
    metta8 saidThe Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013


    Well I think some of us knew this.



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    Jun 16, 2015 6:49 PM GMT
    It is what I think .The writer fails to realize that socialization is in fact chemically based. The body produced "love" hormones/ drugs to reward socialization which displaces other drugs.
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    Jun 16, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidPart of the article does make sense. There are often two components to addiction, i.e., the psychological and the physical part. Sudden withdrawal causes physical withdrawal symptoms which can actually be fatal; that really cannot be denied.


    +1

    It appears to me that there is a strong psychological basis. Like the happy rats, people happy with their lives seem less likely to start using drugs, and more likely to successfully quit them. But as said above, the physical part is very real too, and a body's chemical dependency is very, very real.