Originally Posted by rixchard
Does your site look at addiction as more of a medical problem or more as a mindset problem?
That is such a difficult yet proper question, and again, users here on this 'motorcycle' web site are right on point. I believe that modern medicine is a little bit flawed, in that in these types of things the symptoms tend to receive treatment more than the root causes of the disease.
As a homespun example, when I was a kid ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was treated with a good swat on the bottom and a command to sit still. I seem to be none the worse for wear, yet the medical community has provided us with a new disease, instead of recommending a little simple time tested parenting. We have become so soft on our kids that they believe they aren't expected to learn anything through pain, and as we all know, that's what really teaches us things - when something hurts either mentally or physically we pay attention.
We are sometimes letting youth believe life should be so easy that they should be instantly gratified, and in some cases the parents of these youths were taught this ahead of them and don't know the difference themselves. Personally, I have never found life to be one bit easy, but I enjoy it just the same.
In my lifetime I have had a great deal of involvement with the artistic and creative community, and there are many drug and alcohol users therein. This can be a very intelligent segment of the population, but the attitudes prevalent in that community are extremely narcissistic, and persons in this group in particular tend toward behaving in ways that are 'cool', adhere to current fashion and fad, tend to be more self interested, and less willing to tolerate and learn about differences in other people, and strangely enough less willing to communicate, even though they are purveying their ideas on stage and through music.
These persons are also probably THE primary influence in youth culture, and right now the kids are being taught that it's all about me, it's all about sex, it's all about self satisfaction rather than cooperation, community, love, family.
The new diseases being invented are treated by Xanax, Ambien, Lunesta, Boniva, Viagra, Codeine, Vicodin, Ritalin, and those old favorites, marijuana & alcohol, not to even start on the harder illegal drugs. So in my mind and by observation of many so trapped, while there is physical evidence to support addiction, the core problem remains seated in all the little things that some people have chosen to disregard as part of personal morality.
The real drug & alcohol users in my experience usually do not respect others, are cynical to some greater or lesser extent, do not believe in their own power OR a higher power, will lie about something to someone, will ridicule those who will not imbibe as they do, those not 'cool' like themselves. They store up grievances and hurts in order to justify cruel action, they look for ways to control situations and people, they attempt to maintain a sense of superiority to counteract a larger sense of self-loathing. They remain essentially 'teenagers'.
I think the first part of the cure, and it has been said so many times that it sounds like broken record, is the start of self-realization, self-examination, and the development of a real conscience.