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.






What Happened?! A Word for the Rookie Blogger

I wrote a blog on Monday. The most viewers I’ve ever had was just under 100. I wrote a blog on Monday for my friends and friends of friends. It was off the top of my head but in an arena in which I am pretty knowledgeable. It was too long and not as clear or as concise as I would have wanted it to be. But I write for my friends and friends of my friends. I write for a crowd who don’t need me to dress for the occasion. It’s now Wednesday, early morning, and the blog I wrote on Monday has had more than 30,000 views.

What happened? How is this possible?

Many kind people have been appreciative and many kind people have not understood what I wrote. Many angry people have left angry comments. And a few calm people have left constructive feedback. And some have left comments I had to delete rather than publish. None of these people know who I am. How did they find my too long, off the top of my head, not as clear or as concise as it should have been blog?

If I had known this was going to happen I would have dressed up, cited my research, and perhaps hired a friend to edit for me. If I had known this was going to happen I wouldn’t have posted in my pajamas.