By Susan Callaway, RN
First, define “addiction” as you understand it. Then do a search on that word. I’ll wait.
Ok, that was a trick question. But I hope you did a search anyway. In case you didn’t, here are just a few of the definitions available:
the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
1595–1605; < Latin addictiōn- (stem of addictiō ) a giving over, surrender.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
addiction (ə-dĭk’shən) Pronunciation Key
- A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, such as a drug or alcohol. In physical addiction, the body adapts to the substance being used and gradually requires increased amounts to reproduce the effects originally produced by smaller doses. See more at withdrawal.
- A habitual or compulsive involvement in an activity, such as gambling.
The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
addiction ad·dic·tion (ə-dĭk’shən)
Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.
And the definition has changed, seriously:
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
c.1600, of habits, pursuits, etc., from L. addictionem (nom. addictio) “an awarding, a devoting,” noun of action from addicere (see addict). Earliest sense was less severe: “inclination, penchant,” but this has become obsolete. In main modern sense it is first attested 1906,
So, we learn that “addiction” is anything from a mere inclination, through “habit forming” and physical and psychological compulsion, to “slavery” which is beyond voluntary control. So which is it? All of them? None of them? Who has legitimate authority to define this or anything else for YOU… especially at the point of a gun?
You can call any of those conditions “addiction” if you want, and you can obviously seek help with any of them – IF YOU want it. You can even urge friends and family members, seemingly caught in this dilemma, to seek help – if THEY want help.
If they don’t want it, at some level and at least some of the time, the efforts to “help” are a serious waste of time, effort and money, even when police state control freaks are not involved. And that fact should have been common knowledge long before this.
So, one must conclude that all the effort and expense is not actually geared to helping the “addict” – or even “society” – but uses “addiction” as one more excuse to control the lives and property of other people. And this is just as true of the “do-good” citizens who truly believe in that forced “help,” as it is of the jack booted thugs who do it, more or less, for pleasure and profit. And I’ve yet to see anyone explain how being beaten, shot, robbed, incarcerated – with the subsequent systematic and deliberate destruction of a person’s ability to get a job, a loan, start a business or even find a place to live – can possibly help anyone overcome an addiction anyway. Why should they bother?
Then, the fact that so many of the people affected are black, poor and often marginally educated to start with should raise a seriously large red flag as to the intentions and benevolence of the
enforcers, er… “helpers.” No, the only obvious reason for any of it is the lust for control, ownership, extended to almost every facet of all our lives. And those already living on the margins are most easily controlled – or eliminated.
So many people with this fantasy of owning others, from Bloomberg in New York, to the folks next door who simper that YOU shouldn’t be allowed to eat meat, or smoke cannabis, or drive a car, or whatever, demand to control YOUR life simply because SHE/HE doesn’t like whatever and doesn’t “believe” in it. They want to control you, which is the same as owning you… except they aren’t even good pet owners because they are certainly not prepared to take any real responsibility for you… Oh no, only the control part.
We can get sidetracked into discussions of the actual, violent or aggressive crimes committed by those who have addictions, but those crimes are no different than those committed by anyone else. If drug users, or compulsive gamblers, choose to commit aggression, then that is the real problem – the only real crime – and the only thing that others in society can address. Theft, assault, murder and rape are ALWAYS wrong, no matter who does them. Real crime must be addressed with awareness and self defense, not attempts to predict and prevent those crimes – simply because nobody has that ability, let alone that authority over others.
So, we come back to the real question. Who owns your life and body? Who besides you has any legitimate authority to decide how you will live, what you will eat, drink, smoke, or anything else? If you own yourself, does it matter if someone else thinks what you do is harmful to YOU? If you have not committed aggression against anyone else, why would what you do be anyone else’s business?
Who owns your life? If it is you, then YOU must bear full responsibility for your actions and choices, including any “addictions.” If you won’t do that, then you really should just be quiet and leave everything to your masters… whoever is currently running the plantation.