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    Can't remember where I read this, and my memory is questionable so this is only approximate:

    "You whitebread types pontificate that people get addicted to escape reality? NO SHIT SHERLOCK! If you had any sliver of a clue what reality is like for these people you would buy the drugs for them yourself!"

    •  Addictions to more than drugs (0+ / 0-)

      One of the strengths of Mate's book is his insistence that the addictive impulse can find outlets in other than chemical substances, illegal or otherwise. He does a study of Conrad Black, a Canadian-born member of the .1%, newspaper publisher and U.S. convicted felon. He portrays his need for money and power as resulting from the same kind of brain chemical imbalance as any skid row junkie. The problem is that our culture values the money addict much more highly than the drug addict.

    •  Romancing the stoned...jt (1+ / 0-)
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      I love the quote: "You whitebread types pontificate that people get addicted to escape reality? NO SHIT SHERLOCK! If you had any sliver of a clue what reality is like for these people you would buy the drugs for them yourself!"

      However, as someone who did syringe exchange on the streets of East Palo Alto for 13 years, on top of my own experience, I'd say that getting high is a great escape from reality but addiction makes its own reality that is not so easy to escape. The crushing reality of that addiction makes all the things in you life that suck, suck worse.

      There is no way to romanticize that fact.

      In a perverse way, addiction is the reality that forces some people to face all their other realities.  There comes a point in any addiction, where no matter how much money you have or don't have; no matter how many veins you do or don't have left, you wake up one morning with the profound realization that there is an end point to this way of life. That's the point where a person finds out if they have the will to live.  After that, everything is simple.

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