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Obsession is an overused word, a thing carelessly said by those who have no idea whaat it feels like. They work late once in a while, they may toss in that rare weekend, they have coffee and idly think about what they are doing. And then they tell others they are obsessed with something. They have no idea.
Obsession is not like sitting at a bench making a shoe. It is not a place you visit. It is all you know, it is what you become. And everything you come into contact with feeds the obsession. There is no other time, no other reality, no other sensation. Alcohol simply dilutes it, briefly filters it. A day, a week, a month, that is nothing. Think months, a year or more, with nothing really in the mind but one thing and this thing cannot be described as an irritant or a comfort, it is everything, and all the other parts of life are faked while this one thing is life itself. This kind of focus is the ultimate addiction, the strongest drug because it gives the one thing other drugs never deliver. It gives meaning.
-Charles Bowdin, A Shadow in the City