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This Is What It’s Like When Gambling Is Your Drug

Michael Dorausch (CC BY 2.0)

Michael Dorausch (CC BY 2.0)

I have a friend whose life has been dominated by an addiction to gambling. You may well have one, too, although you may not know which person it is.

My buddy is smart and extremely funny, albeit in a way that makes people uncomfortable. He is good looking, dresses well and gives off the air of someone well educated. He also has fucked up his life with gambling in a major way.  I asked him what it felt like to him when he gambled.

“Betting is a feeling of pleasure better than sex, booze, drugs, anything,” my friend tells me. “It made the blood go to the tip of my cock. Betting on games when you don’t have the money is way better than betting when you do.”

via Substance.com:

I have a friend whose life has been dominated by an addiction to gambling. You may well have one, too, although you may not know which person it is.

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The Devil of Abundance on the Toilet

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Hartwig HKD (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I’ve always grown up hating money. The idea that “money is the root of all evil” crept in to my head at a young age and stood in place. This idea solidified when I entered the workplace. I’ve worked every kind of entry-level job out there. Warehouses, stocking shelves, hotels, call-centers. Everyone around me seemed to have this mindset that, “Yes, you have to work a job that you hate, but keep working, because you have to survive, and it’s awful.”

I thought I could escape this if I did compassionate work. I started working at a psychiatric hospital. I was just an orderly, or what they call a “psychiatric technician” in modern terms. I had been to hell and back again with a good friend who has the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder I, and figured that if I can put up with the many episodes of his mental illness, I could handle the distress of patients in a psychiatric setting — and hopefully shine a little light in hell.… Read the rest

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Facing Disturbing Truths About Pedophilia Could Help Us Keep Kids Safer

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Wayne Silver (CC BY 2.0)

When it comes to pedophiles and other people with weird sexual urges, our society is all about punishment, not prevention. We don’t want to help people who we think could mess with our kids. We want to pretend they don’t exist until they do mess with our kids, and then we want to punish and make an example of them. Even saying the words help and pedophile in the same sentence pisses people off. But this is likely the best path to reducing child sex abuse.

via Substance.com:

A guy I know was recently arrested for possessing child porn. We used to be friends but had a falling out years ago. Later he became kind of a big deal locally, a city councilor and the publisher of a magazine. Not surprisingly his being arrested got some attention in the media.

You might imagine I enjoyed some schadenfreude at the moment I saw his name in the paper, but as a sex addict I just felt bad for him.

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Kentucky wants drugmaker to pay for OxyContin abuse

Häggström, Mikael. "Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014". Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762.

Häggström, Mikael. “Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014“. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762.

via Courier Journal:

A common refrain in Kentucky’s hardscrabble hills is that an entire generation has been lost to pain-pill abuse. Addiction has spawned crime, filled county jails and overburdened the too-few treatment centers. Overdoses have torn children from parents and parents from children.

State officials trace the roots of the problem to one potent drug: OxyContin. And for seven years, they’ve been forging ahead with a civil lawsuit that seeks to make drugmaker Purdue Pharma pay. As early as next year, it could bring the first-ever jury trial pitting Purdue against an addiction-plagued state over the painkiller.

“This is about holding them accountable,” Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said. “They played a pre-eminent role in the state’s drug problem. This started to explode in the mid-1990s when Purdue Pharma was marketing OxyContin.

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Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation

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Enzymlogic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Via S.M.A.R.T.’s Ritual Abuse Pages:

This is a transcript from a presentation at the Eleventh Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference, August 2008.

Please use caution while reading to this presentation. It may be very heavy for survivors. All accusations are alleged. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment.

Joanne is a survivor of RA, family and government mind control and medical experimentation. She has been working on recovery for 14 years and has been instrumental in helping her three dissociative children heal. She leads a life as an active professional in her chosen field in her community.

Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation

Hello.

My name is Joanne.

I am an addict. I am addicted to dissociation.

Several months ago I started wondering if the defenses I commonly use could possibly be termed addiction. I knew they were habitual.

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Porn Addicts Get No Respect

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Of all the addictions in the world the porn addict might have the least cachet of all.

Most other addictions at least offer the illusion of a modicum of glamor, in which the uninitiated can convince themselves that “wow that addiction sure looks fun.” This doesn’t hold true for the porn addict.

via Substance.com:

There are always people out there who look at sex addicts as glamorous in some way. I have had friends, coworkers, even therapists, who looked at my past as something to covet. They apparently think of me spending my days fucking an entire town full of beautiful women, smiling the whole time.

Of course this is ridiculous.

But there is one type of sex addict who does not have this problem, and that is the porn addict. Porn addicts don’t have it easy. They get no respect.

In 2007 I went to rehab because of sex addiction.

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Ten Studies That Shook the Addiction World

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via Substance.com:

Over the past decade, addiction has come out of the shadows and into popular culture as never before. This is a time when the very definition of addiction is hotly contested, and we appear to be a tipping point where the “spiritual” framing of addiction is fast yielding to the “scientific” one. Some of us wonder what has taken so long.

Science rarely progresses in a straight line, and the science of addiction is no exception. Since the mid-1960s, when the approach to substance use disorder began to shake off the dark cloak of moral stigma, the fields of medicine, psychology, neuroscience, sociology and advocacy have, at times, competed and, at other times, collaborated to advance our understanding of the nature, causes, course and, most important, treatment of addiction. As moralism gave way to medicine, so abstinence expanded to include controlled drinking and spontaneous remission. No sooner does one model gain ascendance than cracks appear in its certitudes and it is forced to make room or make way for new thinking.

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3rd Generation Kennedy Fears Marijuana Legalization

Congressional Portrait of Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI)

Congressional Portrait of Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI)

via Reason.com:

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) has just published an op-ed in Ozy titled, “What No One is Saying about Marijuana,” where he sounds the alarm that “Addiction is big business, and with legal marijuana it’s only getting bigger.”

A recidivist drug and alcohol abuser (who has miraculously avoided jail time despite committing crimes while under the influence that would send lesser mortals to prison on felony convictions) arguing for the continued imprisonment of adults choosing to responsibly consume a substance is rich in its own right. But for a third-generation Kennedy to argue against ending marijuana prohibition because major profits will be made off of it is head-exploding irony and hypocrisy.

Perhaps the ex-Congressman missed the just-concluded final season of Boardwalk Empire, which included a major subplot depicting his grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy, shrewdly anticipating the end of alcohol prohibition and getting in on the ground floor of legally importing liquor into the United States.

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Watching Friends Recover From Addiction on Facebook

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By Mr. Theklan via Flickr (CC by-sa 2.0)

via The Atlantic:

Through likes and comments, I’ve watched my hometown of Perry, Ohio, disappear into and come back from heroin addiction.

The U.S. is facing a massive heroin epidemic, and nowhere is it more evident than in Ohio, where fatal drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in 2007, and increased by 60 percent from 2011 to 2012. Addicts in rehabilitation say heroin is the easiest drug to find. State legislators have called for Republican Governor John Kasich to declare the prevalence of heroin a public-health emergency, and in May he agreed to an Obamacare Medicaid expansion largely because the state badly needed the federal help in funding treatment for heroin addiction.

Perry, Ohio, is a microcosm of the epidemic, which is now infiltrating upper-middle-class suburbs. Thirty minutes east of Cleveland, the town of 1,500 has a median annual income $31,000 higher than that of Ohio overall, but it also lacks opportunities for young adults to start their lives.

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