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.