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Is Addiction an Adaptation?

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by SixofNine, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Pretty thought-provoking article.


    A rat in a cage alone prefers the water bottle laced with heroin or cocaine over the one with plain water.

    A group of rats in a nice cage with toys, tunnels, good food, etc. prefer the plain water to the drug-laced version.

    Vietnam War: According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, 20% of soldiers in Vietnam became addicted to heroin. When they returned home, 95% of those soldiers simply stopped, many without rehab.

  2. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Very interesting. I thought about how AA works when I started reading the article. AA gets mentioned quite a bit in the comments section. The author does leave room for those who don't respond to a change in "cages," which I think is also true.
  3. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    I haven't read it yet, however I can speak to this, having dealt with a lot of people with co-occuring disorders (mental health issues with substance abuse).

    MH issues will isolate people from society. I have said, "MH is not a casserole disease." A lot of people will also indulge in substances to "self-medicate" their condition.

    Seeing this happen time and time again, and the MH "Professionals" saying shit like "This is the best you'll ever be. Get used to it." I was fairly disgusted with the MH system. I could go on about it, however I don't have the energy right now.

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