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Re: Thank you for getting this started; Re: Victor

Posted by alan on December 21, 1998, at 0:21:29

In reply to Re: Thank you for getting this started, posted by Victor on December 19, 1998, at 18:25:49

> > > A great way to start this discussion. I will have to think
> >
> > >1. Does anyone know if I can easily erase a message I'm responding to on webtv without doing it sort of letter by letter?
> I read somewhere ( I can feel the flames already for that statement)
> that addiction is two, possibly threefold. An emotional
> craving continues for your "drug of choice" long after
> the physical withdrawl symptoms subside.
> Tell me where your money goes, where your thoughts go,
> where your time goes. The answer might surprise you.
> I said possibly threefold because anything that has
> gotten that kind of attention from me will also bankrupt
> my spirit.

I was talking about 'family resemblance" terms. You have cerainly expanded the family. All of your points are important. But, there are said to be addictions without a 'drug of choice' such as sex and gambling addictions; there is no non-metaohorical withdrawal from them, and the withdrawal from marijuana is generally said to not, not be serious, or not be at all like the withdrawal from ,say opiates or alcohol; personally, I tend to feel very little craving for alcohol after withdrawal from some binge, unless or until I am in a major depression or some life crisis--I may be unusual in that; the money, thought, and time devoted to something one is addictd to may be largely a function of how hard and expensive it is to get--there are places where people think little of what I would think of as addictive drugs, maybe because their use is so widespread and cheap. maybe this includes a certain pattern of wine drinking common in France (common, not COMMON) where people drink all day in small amounts without getting drunk, but go into withdrawal without it; in some of these cases, it seemsed to me that some addicted individuals were not dispirited--some were looked upom as sort of holy men, especially good at getting visions!
Another point: a 'family resemblance" term might point to a sydrome or set therof and eventually unambiguously name a disease or diseases.
Thankks again for your post. I hope others will join in.




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