On Addiction

A very good TED talk on addiction. Obviously, it’s simplifying a lot but the general thrust is enormously better than the pablum we usually get fed on addiction. That show “Intervention” he mentions, God, it makes me want to do a shot of heroin when I catch a glimpse of it.

5 thoughts on “On Addiction

  1. Thanks for the link. Liked the talk.

    What about alcohol use in FSU? Is it the same as American or Portuguese drug addicts?

    The speaker sounds very persuasive when he describes lack of connections and isolated rat cages, yet many alcoholics in FSU seemed to inhabit a ‘normal rat hole’, even if it were not a ‘rat paradise.’ They had jobs, families, (grand)children, pets, but kept drinking too much anyway. Surely, a paradise cannot be the required condition for lack of self-destruction in human beings. Otherwise, people as a species wouldn’t survive the evolutionary process or even life a century ago which was harder than life we have today.

    Btw, the third story in the anthology you started reviewing (love those posts!) “A Jury of Her Peers” shows lack of connections is not merely a modern problem.

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    1. Alcoholism is low self-worth, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, incapacity to express emotions. It’s loneliness inside, not outside. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and lets people express who they really are. That’s why there are people who become chatty, people who become sad, and people who become aggressive when they drink. What they conceal from the world comes out thanks to alcohol. You can be alone in a crowd because you are afraid or incapable of expressing what you really are.

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    2. This is the simplification. Connection is not a simple matter of surrounding yourself with people and work. You can live with a large family but still feel disconnected and misunderstood. It’s the same in India where family networks are very strong but families become the place of alienation for many.

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      1. Exactly. Alcohol liberates the true self. I knew a guy who couldn’t have sex unless he was drunk. His sexual self only came out if he broke down the inhibitions with drinking. He was gay, and in his community it was unacceptable.

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