Orthodox Addiction

The following quote describes orthodox Addiction:

“A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment ment or distress, as manifest by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:

(1) tolerance, as defined by either of the following: (a) a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or the desired effect (b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance

(2) withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: (a) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance (refer to Criteria A and B of the criteria sets for Withdrawal from the specific Substances) (b) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(3) the substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended

(4) there is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use

(5) a great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance (e.g., visiting multiple doctors or driving long distances), use the substance (e.g., chain-smoking), or recover from its effects.

(6) important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use

(7) the substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (e.g., current cocaine use despite recognition of cocaine-induced depression, or continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer was made worse by alcohol consumption).”

(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Copyright © 2000, American Psychiatric Association)

When the disease of Addiction as described above is extended across behaviours, then the term stuck-addiction©️ becomes clearer.

Number 5 shows the illness of stuck-money and the unhappiness of millions of people doing a job they hate.

Number 6 shows the collapse of family, of social cohesion, of the high street caused by a digitally driven era-change that is amplifying the effects of a collective vulnerability to becoming addicted to alcohol, food, sex, the internet, money, gambling, work, fundamental radicalised religions that accuse, hate, divide and seek to monopolise Love for their own ends.

Number 7 describes the Einstein definition of insanity that is to keep doing the same thing expecting a different result.

This insanity now infects the Corporate and Political Offices of Governance across Earth.

Einstein also said that the mindset that creates a problem is not the mindset that can solve the that problem. A higher input is required.

New conversations are required, a new coming together of Opposites to catalyse the middle ground of new solutions.

Orthodox Addiction is a Primary Disease. Stuck-addiction©️ is the paradox that can release the space for new conversations to begin to happen, conversations that will in turn release innovations for Human beings that are beyond their wildest dreams.

About Andrew Dettman

Counsellor, poet, cabbie, diction worker. Ministrant.
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