If you're an addict, is it because you're DUMB, or because you're ADDICTED?
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Years ago the devastating effects of drugs were little known and many people perceived their use as a bit of harmless recreational fun.
However, as the life threatening/changing effects drugs have has been public knowledge for many decades it can be taken as read that those who start taking drugs are mindlessly reckless and totally devoid of any common sense and should therefore be left to wallow in the quagmire of of their self imposed mental and physical agony without pity or state assistance.
These weak minded lotus eaters should be left to perish just as mother nature's natural selection process intended.
However, as the life threatening/changing effects drugs has been public knowledge for many decades it can be taken as read that those who start taking drugs are mindlessly reckless and totally devoid of any common sense and should therefore be left to wallow in the quagmire of of their self imposed mental and physical agony without pity or state assistance.
Not all drugs are life threatening or life changing. Plenty of illegal drugs have marginal risk of negative social, psychological and physical effects. For example, natural cannabis strains with low THC content and higher CBD content have been used as relaxation medicines for thousands of years in myriad cultures. Only since the development of high THC, purpose-bred strains has this plant become synonymous with psychosis.
Likewise, not all legal drugs are harmless. Tobacco and alcohol -- two drugs which we know are highly addictive and destructive -- are legal. Not everybody who has a drink and ends up with a drinking problem are "mindless and reckless". Many people only discover the depths of their addictive personality after they have naïvely partaken in a culture where binge-drinking is somewhat a rite of passage. Likewise, most smokers have parents for smokers: it is often learned behaviour.
I should also point out that a lot of people who get into drugs don't get into drugs because they are devoid of common sense or because they are mindless: it is often because of peer pressure in socioeconomically deprived areas of society, where drugs offer an easy escape from a myriad of problems that come hand-in-hand with impoverishment.
The criminalisation of drug possession and the various three strikes laws in the US also make it the case that a person who has a problem with illegal substances becomes a criminal instead of a person with a medical issue. We treat alcoholism as a medical problem; we treat a gambling addiction as a mental health issue: why not other drugs or forms of addiction?
These weak minded lotus eaters should be left to perish just as mother nature's natural selection process intended
Social darwinism is only one small step from eugenics, and it fails to account for the plethora of social factors that play into addiction. What you're essentially saying is "addictive personality is a genetic weakness and mother nature should weed these people out of the gene pool". Well actually, addiction generally has only a minor genetic component. There is a higher risk of addiction in some people because their neurochemical reward pathways are dulled; they require more stimulation to get the same satisfaction from reward as less addictive people. But that only explains risk. It doesn't factor in the various social experiences that have had a psychologically and neurologically negative impact serious enough to lead to said addiction.
A person can be at heightened risk of Crohn's disease but able to stymy its onset by making good diet choices, the same way a person can be at heightened risk of addiction but able to stymy its onset by making a choice to refrain from addictive substances. The issue is that by the time a potential addict finds out they are more likely to be addicted: it's already too late.
It should, therefore, be treated as a health issue if we really want to eliminate its destructive effects on society. We can't just leave people to descend into chaos and death because they happen to have neurological wiring that makes them more susceptible to addictive substances. It's like saying we should leave cancer patients to die because their genetics put them at significantly higher risk of cancer.
Depends on the precise situation. If you're addicted, it could be because you were unaware that it was an addictive medication, but it could also be because you're stupid. So my answer is both.
If you are addicted and want to get better, go to a detox facility and stop supporting political positions that allow drugs to flow across the border.
Depends on the precise situation. If you're addicted, it could be because you were prescribed an addictive medication, but it could also be because you're stupid.
So, since they were never "prescribed addictive medications", we can thus infer that you believe Charles Dickens, Sigmund Freud, Vincent van Gogh, Ulysses S. Grant, Winston Churchill and Tchaikovsky were all stupid.
I have a counter theory. I think you are stupid.
Look up the world "could", and then ponder what the following means-
Bronto: "Depends on the precise situation. If you're addicted, it could be because you were unaware that it was an addictive medication."
Then come back with a full report once you have mastered the English language.
Sigmund Freud stupid
Well, if there really is a lexicon of 756 genders and infinite identities, his claim of us wanting to hump our mom's must be wrong, seeing my mother self identified as a cabbage, and I identify as a planetary system.
Ulysses S. Grant
No. I don't think a Christian, Conservative Republican trying to free slaves from Democrats is stupid.
You tell us Nom. By your standards he's be an Islamophobic Socialism hater like Donald Trump.
Nah. A guy who intentionally left Communist Russia to live in the Capitalism driven West is not stupid.
Vincent van Gogh
Disturbed would be a better word, seeing he killed himself at a young age due to years of mental illness and poverty.
A lot of Christians are brilliant people, including him.
As always, to excuse the truth of how irresponsible it is to become addicted to anything, Liberals try to equate those who get addicted on medicine, with the dead beats we are talking about.
Liberals REFUSE to hold people accountable for their mindlessly stupid choices in life, so they blame Doctors. ROFLOL
Who doesn't know some people get addicted to pain killers?
WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER STUPID what you got to say about the drug addition in SEATTLE ??????
Speak up you IGNORANT BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER STUPID you should address the problems your STATE has and ask this question that you typed - If you're an addict, is it because you're DUMB, or because you're ADDICTED?
What you got to say LITTLE BASEMENT BOY ?????????????
You don't become addicted for trying it.. It's NOT like one hit, and you're hooked..
So you have to be dumb a few times over.
I'm including tobacco too.. That's one of the most serious of addictions..
Because it’s so unhealthy.
It's the hardest to break
Because it’s behind every counter. Let’s not pretend nicotine is on par with heroin.
and it WILL kill you
When you’re old. Because it’s a bad health choice.
No one is going to tail spin in a downward spiral of cigarette and dip use that they spent every last dime on and took out loans from sharks just to get their fix which they accidentally overdose on only to be found by their 8 year old.