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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking:Myths about drugs, alcohol and other addictions
2009-03-24
Name: Editor Have you heard of any myths about addiction? What treatments for addiction are you in favour of? Do you think that science is close to finding a cure for addiction?
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2009-03-24
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Name: Rohini
Subject:  Mistake
I don' t understand how people can get addicted in the first place. I don' t believe that it is not their fault. You are simply trying to shift blame from the person. People always have problems in their lives. Yet, all of them do not turn to drinks and drugs for support. Why it is that only some people are affected? It depends on a person whether he or she wants to control himself from getting addicted to something. Again strong willpower is very much essential to deal with such situation. I do not why people get addicted to things like drugs and alcohol when these are not the necessities of the life at all.
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2009-03-24
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Name: Nitin
Subject:  Lifelong condition
What does it mean by saying that addiction is a lifelong condition? So, if a person is addicted to alcohol, he can never consume alcohol again at any point in his life. This sounds very harsh. I would expect that people would be able to manage their alcohol consumption after they have been cured. I do not why different people perceive it differently. It is very simple to understand that the person is addicted to something due to some personal reasons like break-up, loss of some loved one, or lose of some important property.
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2009-03-24
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Name: Shilpa
Subject:  Willpower
Throughout my life, I have always viewed people battling addiction as individuals with little or no willpower. My grouse was that these people probably don' t want to get better or they are not trying hard enough. It is interesting to read that willpower is not a criterion for getting better. I think we can do nothing if we do not have a will of doing something. So for overcoming addiction willpower is a must. It is more about improving the mental status of the human being than adopting any other method for helping them to overcome addiction.
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