Addicts still don’t have a choice but you might

Sorry about the headline,  I couldn’t help myself, I like a little shock factor to kick off a conversation.

I haven’t been able to read all of the comments (1475 and counting) that have been posted about my blog on Philip Seymour Hoffman and neurological disorders.  I do intend to get through them all….eventually.  Meanwhile, there is a consistent request among them that I re-blog the essay with citations from research to back up the assertions I made.  

I am flattered to be asked to write again, who wouldn’t be? And, I decided that it had been too long since I last checked the research in the area of neuroscience and addiction.  Oh, and yes, some of the comments had me wondering if I had screwed it all up, only this time, in front of a global audience.  

My research is complete and I will be re-blogging the piece with citations in the next 4-5 days.  And I did make mistakes in my original piece (humble pie is baking in the oven as I write this), all of which I will point out, and none of which detracts from the points I was originally trying to make.  (Whew!)  

The best part of what I learned is that I believe I understand how and why the discussion of addiction gets so convoluted. Which means I’ll have a separate blog where I sort it all out and you can let me know if it helps in your understanding.  Or not. 

And all of you who took the time to post comments, thank you for your interest and your passion in the subject of addiction and other neurological disorders. This conversation is reason enough to be optimistic about positive changes in public awareness, education and the treatment for those who suffer and the people who love them.

May we all be free from pain and suffering.

Debbie

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Addicts still don’t have a choice but you might

  1. thank you and i have never felt the need to blog before reading yours ,there have no idea how to see/navigate through in order to see your reply to my post and would be interested to hear your views .just as a reference point ,i am the 54 year old going to college for the first time in my life after years of addiction .Thank you Paul

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. My husband died a little over a month ago from complications due to alcoholism. If you ever get the chance I invite you to listen to the talk I did my first week back at church (I am a minister). It is unityofspringfield.org 2/16/14 This article so coincides with my experience. Thank you, thank you!

  3. Addicts still don’t have a choice but you might | samikeller

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