the Globalisation of Addiction

a Study in Poverty of the Spirit.

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the Globalisation of Addiction – a Study in Poverty of the Spirit by Bruce K. Alexander

Part I – Roots of Addiction in Free-market Society

Chapter 1 – Vancouver as Prototype

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Despite enourmous efforts, the same great institutions of modernity could not, and still cannot, prevent alcoholism and other forms of addiction from growing and spreading. Neither legal prohibition, moral medicine, scientific medicine, psychoanalysis, Alcoholics Anonymous, counselling, compassionate love, tough love, behavioural managment, acupuncture, case management, therapeutic communities, civil commitment, eastern meditation, behavioural genetics, neuroscience, sophisticated advertising, antagonist drugs, psychedelic drugs, motivational interviewing, community reinforcement, treatment matching, harm reduction, nor any combination of these techniques has come close to overcoming alcoholism or any other type of addiction. Continue reading “the Globalisation of Addiction”

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the Biology of Desire

Why Addiction is Not a Disease

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Introduction

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Addiction results…from the motivated repetition of the same thoughts and behaviours until they become habitual. Thus, addiction develops-it’s learned-but it’s learned more deeply and often more quickly than most other habits, due to a narrowing tunnel of attention and attraction.

One: Defining Addiction – A battleground of Opinions

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The fact is that we in the West embrace the logic of pigeonholing problems, givin gthem unique names, and finding technical solutions-the more targeted the better-for alleviating them. That is, to a T, the logic of Western medicine.
Here are the specifics. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA-a component of NIH), “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.”

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Indigenous Healing

Very brief notes from the book (I was too engaged to extract much, as the book works more as a whole – appropriately enough)

Indigenous Healing – Exploring Traditional Paths by Rupert Ross

Contents
Part One Stumbling into a World of Right Relations
Ch 1 Learning to See Relationally
Ch 2 Seeing Justice Relationally
Ch 3 Moving into Right Relations
The Embedded Indigenous Soul
Ethical Responsibilities toward All of Creation
Languages Built on Spiritual Connections
Place, Space and the Medicine Wheel
the Centrality of the Circle and Ceremony
the Fundamental Posture of Thankfulness
the Notion that Humans are Fundamentally Good
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