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Old 01-21-2015, 02:18 PM
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I really got excited when I read this and thought I'd share. This is really good info and very relevant in our society today.


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so all those rich rock and roll celebrities feel like isolated rats in a cage. Billionaire travel the globe end to end feel like caged rats and so on and so on.

i still believe that some people are wired such that some have a highly addictive personality and i don't care whee they live how much love and attention they get or do not get they can get addicted on almost anything
Plainly speaking its a personality disorder

I opine others can decide
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I think it is a complex issue with complex causes. And sometimes we have the "chicken or the egg" scenario where people who start to drink in excess isolate them selves more to hide it, and it becomes self-perpetuating.

Also, I know people who lived in very loving family conditions and had jobs they loved, and still fought addiction. I would not want their families to think they were the cause of it.

Isolation is probably important to consider as a contributing factor.
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I really got excited when I read this and thought I'd share. This is really good info and very relevant in our society today.


The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think*|*Johann Hari
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I have always held that craving anything…. ANYTHING- comes from the belief that the having of what is craved will make oneself FEEL better.

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It's really a complex issue.......with no one formula fits all.

Below are some statistics from a treatment center....taken over the years.
Knock on wood, but to our knowledge, we know of no one in our huge family who is on drugs. Thank God. Our teens' (children, nieces, nephews, etc. generation had the slogan "Just Say No"......) None of them even smoke cigarettes.

Our kids' generation are the vegans, vegetarians, healthy eaters, exercise lovers (cycling, skiing, running, hiking, walking, swimming, competitive sports, etc., etc. etc.) who choose to raise their own little ones in a healthy lifestyle. We are blessed for sure.

From PASSAGES MALIBU: Drug Abuse Statistics

Statistics on Opiate Addiction in the United States

Opiate abuse and addiction remains a dangerous and real epidemic in the United States.

Taking health, social and financial tolls on opiate dependent individuals and society as a whole, opiate addiction can come in many forms, from heroin and morphine addiction to dependency upon prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Oxycodone.

In fact, statistics show that opiates continue to be abused at alarming rates, leading many chemically dependent individuals to experience the harrowing effects that opiate addiction causes on the brain and the body.

Statistics on Opiate Addiction in the United States

Various national drug and health agencies have studied opiate addiction over the years, releasing their findings to the general public.

Professional drug treatment centers in the addiction arena have used the following opiate addiction statistics to provide inpatient rehabilitation services to those who suffer from opiate addiction, aiming to give them freedom from a life dominated by opiate dependency.

Here are just a few of the statistics that have been made public regarding opiate addiction in the United States.

•Just under 10 percent of the US population abuses opiates at some point in their lifetime, including street opiates such as heroin and prescription opiates like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

•In 1999 alone, the Drug Abuse Warning Network found that two opiates—heroin and morphine—were related to over half of accidental drug fatalities in the United States.

•As of 1998, the average age of first-time heroin users was just over 21 years old.

•On average, heroin users have a $150 to $200 per day drug addiction.

•In 2007, nearly two and a half million Americans had abused prescription pain killers to get high.

•Ten percent of high school seniors took Vicodin without a doctor’s prescription, according to a 2008 research study.

•A 2006 drug survey showed that over half a million individuals have used heroin at least one time in the last year.

•In the first five years of the new millennium, overdose deaths from methadone—a synthetic opiate—increased by 500 percent, cited for nearly 4,500 deaths nationwide, a number believed to be severely underreported due to the lack of specific data on many polydrug overdose deaths.
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