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Originally posted by lostviking
This article demonstrates why addicts self-medicate and would be beneficial in a court hearing. It is ridiculous in this country that instead of helping and rehabilitating the mentally ill or addicted, that we imprison them and further destroy their lives with criminal charges.
Originally posted by type0civ
reply to post by MarlboroRedCowgirl
Seems to me you need to break open that big book again.
And I don't buy the genetic predisposition theory either. I know lots of addicts who are the first and only in their family.
Originally posted by MarlboroRedCowgirl
Drug abuse can cause short term brain abnormalities, however I have never heard of a case where drug abuse alone caused a complete re-wiring to think and act a certain way.
Neurogenesis is the process by which the brain re-grows brain cells that have been damaged. When an addict comes to recovery and abstains from use any damaged cells will eventually regenerate.
Originally posted by DerepentLEstranger
so elephants eating fermented fruit
and getting drunk are doing so cause of brain abnormality?
reindeer eating fly agaric have a brain abnormality?
and little kids that whirl around to get dizzy have brain abnormalities?
better ban swings and Sit 'n Spins as they pander to the abnormally brained.
now tell me what a normal brain is supposed to look like.
good luck with that one
Originally posted by mainidh
reply to post by The GUT
What a shame... I had a copy of the Big Book and never picked it up for the fact I am not religious at all and putting my faith in God does not sit well with me..
I just picked it up.
Every second chapter is about how God saved them.... it's like going to church. Just annoys the hell into me.
ugh, shame.. I kept it for so long after the meetings I used to go to told me that it does not have to be God... but a god by any other name is still a god...
Originally posted by The GUT
I'm not an A.A. fanatic. I appreciate it though. I don't think Bill W was a perfect saint before or even close after alcohol. I don't think A.A.--or the Big Book--is for everybody. Or perfect.
I do think as a whole--and wholly reflected in the book--is a wisdom that far exceeds yours at this point.
Originally posted by BO XIAN
reply to post by predator0187
A predisposition is just that.
Maybe it accounts for 10% to 20% or so of the dependence on substances.
A predisposition still does
at 15:30 on a Thursday afternoon
anyone to put a dopamine enhancing substance into their bodies.
IT merely makes resisting such urges more challenging.
We all have challenges resisting doing what's unhealthy, unwise, sinful.
Folks tend to give-in first in their minds. Their behavior follows through.
We are artists as well at making excuses, rationalizations for ourselves.