THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON ANY TOPIC (at least not one that resolves anything). ADDITIONALLY, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL REPRESENTING EVEN A SLIVER OF THE TOTALITY OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS’ WANTS, NEEDS, OR BELIEFS.

Unofficially, we allow our elected officials to use a concept called, “substituted judgment”. Essentially, because an elected official cannot know (or fully represent) the thoughts and needs of every single constituent, they substituting their own judgment in the place of their constituents’ judgments. We live in a representative democracy. One of the greatest experiments ofContinue reading “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON ANY TOPIC (at least not one that resolves anything). ADDITIONALLY, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL REPRESENTING EVEN A SLIVER OF THE TOTALITY OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS’ WANTS, NEEDS, OR BELIEFS.”

FOR PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ADDICTIONS, THE ADDICTIONS, AND THEIR ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS, FEEL LIKE BREATHING: AUTOMATIC, CYCLIC, THOUGHTLESS, NATURAL, AND NEEDED FOR LIFE. THIS IS WHY, WHEN AN ADDICT PROMISES THEMSELVES, AND OTHERS, THAT THEY CAN QUIT (and that they will quit, when they are, “good and ready”), IT IS AS IF THEY HAVE PROMISED TO HOLD THEIR BREATH. THEY MAY BE ABLE TO DO IT FOR A WHILE, BUT, EVENTUALLY, EVERY SEVERE ADDICT WILL RELAPSE. THEY HAVE TO BREATHE.

Severe addiction, heck, probably most addictions, require that sufferers ask for, receive, use, and follow through with professional help in order to decrease and cease the repetitive behavior(s). Many addictions often lead to financial, familial, work/career, health, and even legal problems. Addictions are medical illnesses (not just legal issues), with far reaching personal and socialContinue reading “FOR PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ADDICTIONS, THE ADDICTIONS, AND THEIR ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS, FEEL LIKE BREATHING: AUTOMATIC, CYCLIC, THOUGHTLESS, NATURAL, AND NEEDED FOR LIFE. THIS IS WHY, WHEN AN ADDICT PROMISES THEMSELVES, AND OTHERS, THAT THEY CAN QUIT (and that they will quit, when they are, “good and ready”), IT IS AS IF THEY HAVE PROMISED TO HOLD THEIR BREATH. THEY MAY BE ABLE TO DO IT FOR A WHILE, BUT, EVENTUALLY, EVERY SEVERE ADDICT WILL RELAPSE. THEY HAVE TO BREATHE.”

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