The real cause for addiction

This is a short video that says a WHOLE lot. I would  be remiss in having this blog without including it.

The cause of addiction/alcoholism is a hotly debated subject. It seems that most people involved in the discussion have an emotional investment in either A) a loved one who is an active addict; B) a person who overdosed and did not live to tell about it; or C) their own addiction.

Rarely have I come across a conversation about addiction that didn’t end up with someone either pissed off or crying or both. Unless, of course, one of the people just shuts down and stops talking/listening. That will keep it from escalating to the point of an emotional volcano, erupting.

I suppose that those in the recovering community are the only ones who are able to have a calm discussion about this topic, because we have “lived to tell the tale”, as the old saying goes. In the case of emotional discussions, I have been A) a loved one of active addicts; B) a friend to those who have OD’d; and also C) an addict.

It’s kind of ironic how the closest people to the subject are often the ones who can talk about it rationally and calmly, while those going on hearsay or common opinion are too emotional to really hear anything true or logical about addiction.

Seeing the whirling dervish that is an active alcoholic/addict, and the destruction invariably left in their wake, it’s easy to see why those in relationship with them would be extremely emotional in their reaction. Surely any interaction with a mentally ill person would have a similar outcome. Anger, grief, shock, disgust, disappointment…sounds familiar, right?

I’m not sure where I’m trying to go with this, but I hope at least that your interest has been piqued enough to get you to take a look at the video.

Seriously, knowledge is power. Check it out. If you don’t know any addicts, now, (that you are aware of being addicted, that is), you may at some point discover that you do. And it would be great for both of you, if you were fore-armed with this info.

Danke. 🙂

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12 responses to “The real cause for addiction

  1. Looking forward to watching this. Might not be appropriate as I visit here with my in-laws and nieces (also, I can’t seem to find my headphones). Hope you’re well.

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  2. Wow…this is great. I completely agree that we (at least, as Americans, and at least where I observe people the most, in a college setting) have wandered far away from the primary thing that might keep us whole and safe: functioning in a loving, supportive group. I count myself in this estranged category. To me, addiction is a symptom of a greater issue, and a believe that a societal shift (not the war on drugs) is desperately needed before people can heal. I’m going to watch this again, and I might check out that book. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • 🙂 You’re so smart (and not JUST because you & I see so many things the same)! 😉 Seriously, though, if you read the book please let me know your thoughts. I’m not ablt to get through too many books, of late, but thatone is probably worth it. Thanks for coming by!

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