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The nature of the disease


Drinking is the excuse for everything.

Everything is the excuse for drinking.

From → aphorisms

  1. Addiction
    As Science
    Shows Most



    From The

    Within Long
    Stories of Social
    Neglect And




    The Warm
    And Cozy

    Oxytocin the


    Dried Up River


    Finding Whatever
    Muddy Water


    To Quench
    Thirst Ever Barren…

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  2. I don’t find much in what ‘science’ says about addiction. I prefer what experienced addiction counsellors, addicts and my own life experience tells me. All neurobabble leads to is more neurobabble IMHO. If you want to take on addiction I think it’s probably better to be as grounded as possible.

    TBH I’m not even comfortable with calling addiction a ‘disease’. It’s a very complex overlapping and interlocking set of behaviours and attitudes, only some of which can be squeezed into disease models. Saying it’s a disease not only reinforces its agency denying aspects, it tends to exclude non-professionals from offering support. I can see how giving loved ones a disease model might help them stop blaming the addict or themselves and maybe back off with the expressed emotion stuff that often makes things worse, but I think both the truth value and utility of the disease model of addiction is very limited and it’s used inappropriately way too often.

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  3. So you into drinking these days 😛 how are you doing? I hope well and safe from the virus.

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    • Alcohol is one addiction I’ve managed to avoid, thanks in part to the examples of my family members who haven’t. This post was inspired by another person I care about who looks to be following them down the gurgler. I seriously think alcohol is the very worst recreational drug, both for what it does to users and what it does to those around them. Even non-addicted users suffer higher rates of accidents and violence.

      Australia has got off very lightly from COVID. For the past couple of weeks the only new cases have been in arrivals from overseas. There’s thought to be less than 100 active infections in the whole country. There’ve been no cases in the city I live in since early December. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty safe. To the best of my knowledge there’s only one person I know personally who caught it.

      (Edit: In the three hours since I wrote the previous para news has come through of a quarantine hotel guard in Perth catching COVID, prompting a statewide lockdown in Western Australia. Oh well.)

      I hope you and your loved ones have been equally lucky.

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  4. I don’t know anyone who has died of COVID and don’t know any friends/relatives/acquaintances or friends of friends, or friends of acquaintances, or acquaintances of acquiantances, who have even had it. Yet, I live in the very strict, serious lockdown area of the U.K. right now.
    We are grounded, until further notice.
    Perhaps I don’t know many people. That’s one theory.

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    • An old activist colleague was one of the first people in Australia to catch it locally. And wouldn’t you know it, she got the ‘long COVID’ form.

      It’s a particular bummer for her as her work involves frequent visits to prisons, which caused her a fair bit of anxiety thinking she may have spread it into a prison before she was diagnosed. She didn’t though.

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  5. Very nice! Take care and thank you for following.

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