I believe addiction to extend beyond the clinical terms of
'dopamine', 'reward', 'cycle', 'pattern', 'habit' & the like.
I stand by the proposition of it being a chronic disease, as
you would view any other illness, of which warrants the
dignity, respect, consideration, acknowledgement, and
treatment as per any other health condition.
Terms of 'weak' & 'choice' perpetuate the notion & stigma that
addicts are 'less than', and do not warrant the common
courtesy of being a part of the human condition and of
Addiction deserves to be viewed in a holistic, multi - faceted approach; with it's factors,
components, triggers, and mental health as part of a
bigger picture of an individual’s entire life experience.
The key concept in viewing and treating addiction should incorporate a person's underlying / core issues.
What perpetuates the behaviour?
What relief & purpose does it bring?
From what pain and anguish is the person medicating against?
I firmly state that addiction is not a singular clinical terminology, nor a deficit of character, personality, or willpower.
I believe it to be a remedy for whatever is missing (real or perceived) within a person.
The common themes?
Love. Connection. Relief. Humanity.
To be human.
In the duality of being an integral part of the human experience, to be a valued and included member of society as a whole and within a person’s societal community of choice.
To experience all aspects of being human: the emotions, the roles, and the diversity and complexity.
Being human can be messy, painful, and unpredictable for us all.
Throw into the mix trauma, mental illness, stress, and difficulty in emotional regulation, and then maladaptive coping mechanisms and patterns form.
We are all doing our best being human.
Trying to deal with life and whatever that entails for us.
We all seek relief, comfort, and peace: in a multitude of ways.
For some, what once started as remedy and medicine, has become addiction, in whatever form that may take.
(Behavioural - Gambling, Substances & Alcohol)
To be human is complex.
Addiction is complex.
Addiction is to be viewed holistically, broadly in scope, and with the basic kindness and compassion of that which is the human condition.
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