Addiction – eternal struggle

The point of addiction is not the substance of the addiction – it’s the eternal struggle against the addiction. The addict needs the addiction in order to control the process of his own conflict, his own overcoming. When the addict finds a new addiction, he “defeats” his existing addiction, feels a sense of accomplishment, and moves on to the new addiction, where the process repeats itself.

Many addicts become linked to the substance of the addiction out of loyalty to this thing which has gained such meaning in their lives.

Because the relationship with the substance of the addiction is eternal struggle against, it’s always a relationship that results in death, in divorce. It’s always a relationship strife with conflict, with recrimination, with regret, with anger, with resentment.

Addiction derives from a culture of luxury, of metaphorical pillows, of overwhelming material security, of totalitarian social control, of the LACK of any real conflict, overcoming, or accomplishment.

In this sterile cultural void, the self generates it’s own perpetual conflict through the technique of addiction.


2 Responses to “Addiction – eternal struggle”

  1. starland4 Says:

    I just wrote about my frustration with my adult “bonus” daugher’s addiction to preseciption drugs. She is curently staying (a “vacation”) with my youngest daughter who just called to say J way buyng drugs there and doesn’t know what to do. Ididn’t know what to tell her. Any suggestions?

  2. briankoontz Says:

    Cures are very difficult – if the older daughter loves someone they can help – otherwise your younger daughter will simply have to decide whether she can tolerate the situation.

    I’ve attempted to cure Americans (who don’t want to be cured) of various maladies over the years with nearly a 0% success rate. The biggest problem is the depth of humanity – people always have reasons for what they do, and they hold to those reasons. It’s a very difficult process to defeat those reasons inside a person and to transform them into something else.

    People who DO want to be cured of their situation nearly always find a cure, usually quickly and regardless of whatever agency they look to for help. It’s shameful that those agencies then take so much credit for passing along the inevitable.

    Any help that you provide someone who doesn’t want to be cured should be focused on moving them to desire a cure. This requires love, attention, and creativity.

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