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Druggies Rejoice!

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When you knock over the gas station or the liquor store to get some cash for your next hit, it's not your fault.  It's those darn neurons.

We just now got the news.  Being an inveterate druggie isn't a moral problem or a criminal problem:

It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas," said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. "Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions."

So, please, will you Puritanical zealots quit fretting about "outward actions?"  The old excuse was boys-will-be-boys.  That's passe'.  Please get with it:  It's brains-will-be-brains.

"The disease creates distortions in thinking, feelings and perceptions, which drive people to behave in ways that are not understandable to others around them," Hajela said in a statement. "Simply put, addiction is not a choice. Addictive behaviors are a manifestation of the disease, not a cause."

It's a disease, not a crime.  Have I heard that before?  Hmmm, maybe the old versions aren't that passe' after all.

"So, we have to stop moralizing, blaming, controlling or smirking at the person with the disease of addiction, and start creating opportunities for individuals and families to get help and providing assistance in choosing proper treatment," Miller said.

Finally, we get to the bottom line, not that it's a surprise.  Turn away from all that moralizing, blaming, controlling and smirking.  Or, to state it more succinctly, put away that ancient notion that human beings are responsible for what they do.  Other people might be  --  like police and prosecutors  --  but if you're high as a kite thoroughly enough and often enough, you get a free pass. 


 

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