What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.
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Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong
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Hola, tengo 30 años de edad y llevó fumando marihuana 2 años diariamente sin control al punto de ponerme a vender, expandir esa droga. Este es mi segundo día limpio, ya decidí dejar por completo esa droga y nose si sólo bastará mi fuerza de voluntad pero lo que si sé es que ya no quiero sufrir, quiero ser YO, lucharé por lo que quería antes de volverme adicto. Escribo esto con esperanzas, con decisión, tristeza y miedo al no saber que pasará. estos días.
I have to say for the first time I don't necessarily agree with your video. The loneliness factor is purely theoretical. There are plenty of people I know who are secluded and yet have no interest in drugs or anything else with addictive properties. And surely some of those people in hospital receiving diamorphine must be in the loneliness factor, so why don't they get an addiction afterwards?
If we're going to be talking theories instead of facts, then I believe addiction is simply down to the way your brain is wired. You're either an addictive person or you're not. That's all there is to it.
Yeah...but the thing is...people on opiates in hospitals DO frequently go home as opiate addicts...in fact it's pretty much the number one way people get addicted to opiates. Then when their prescriptions run dry, they start turning to drug dealers. Most alcoholics I've ever encountered in life were not suffering from a lack of social connectivity, and their addictions were slowly toxifying their relationships. This video is a giant steaming pile of bullshit.
The RAT PARK Study has been replicated in multiple large and well-controlled methods at our leading universities, and in other studies outside USA. The only people denying it are the one who benefit from having someone to look down upon, and the ones who profit from locking people up, so they can work for UNICOR and give free labor to the top corporations.
How many parents are pressured to ostracize their suffering kids and give them "Tough Love", only for them do die soon afterwards, feeling totally unloved. This creates extreme guilt and sadness for the parents.
I have always enjoyed this channel more than the infographics. Infographics just uses bizarre stories that sustain our lust for tragedy and death (if they were a movie company, serial killer videos would be there marvel movies), while this channel talks about how we can move forward and heal the human race, while also provoking questions to help solidify people's philosophical stand point. Thanks Kurzgesagt
I was taking prescribed oral morphine sulfate(~120-300mg daily for about two months), and nothing like addiction happens. Withdraw taken 4 days but not too different from typical fever. I don't even understand why a happy person would addict to a drug brings nothing joy BUT dumber sensory and HELL of cons**pation.
Okay, I'm not trying to be difficult, this is a genuine question based on personal experience. I have dealt with addiction, but I was still maintaining healthy relationships, I was happy and there wasn't anything traumatic going on. Nothing was wrong other than the addiction, which I hated having and to this day refuse to go into detail about. If being in a safe, stimulating and loving place ends the need for addiction, then why didn't it work for me?
Iamsoup Same here, were an addict too, albeit not a physical addiction. Thinking back at it, I’m pretty sure it was out of sheer boredom plus a desire to adventure, minus the money needed too actually do something exciting. I were horribly impulsive in my late teens/early 20s and thus had a hard time recognizing that long term goals yield a bigger payoff than short term pleasure. Legit hedonism led me astray.
I am aware that this is a bit of an older video, but it seriously got me thinking, and I just really need a way to convey this idea: The way that addiction works seems to be the same way as depression does, and the worse people are treated overall the worse it becomes. So, do addiction and depression work the same way? Are chemicals associated with depression the answer to this? Can anyone help me?
I am puzzled by what is stated in this video. If indeed, "the opposite of addiction is connection", then why do rock stars so frequently become addicted to hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin? Aren't they among the most connected people on Earth? What form, if any would their so-called "cage" take?
Karl Scheel they don't love the people they take part in front of, they are not really interested. I don't know whether all rockstars are drug addicted though. They need a family member. They just want to live somehow. They aren't at all happy
In the UK, diamorphine is frequently frequently used, in the US, diamorphine equivalents like hydromorphone (dilaudid) and oxycodone. Still, hydromorphone is 4 times stronger than diamorphine (heroin), and oxycodone is close, and both act in the EXACT same way. So almost everyone who's ever been given a pain med has either used heroin or something extremely close to it, many of whom are strongly against heroin, because of their ignorance. And you see in the hospital setting, with clean IV needle use, clean pure drugs, and appropriate dosing, that almost no complications arise - no infections, no overdoses, no collapsed veins, no addiction, nothing. Thus, the only logical conclusion is that ALL of the negatives of illegal street heroin use/addiction is simply because of it's illegality, not the drug itself. In actuality, opiates are some of the safest drugs there are, safer than almost all pharmaceuticals (like SSRIs or stimulants or benzos). By themselves, they have absolutely zero toxicity to any organ, they have an incredibly high therapeutic index, completely safe withdrawal (while benzo withdrawal can kill you), and slow/safe tolerance increase. It's time the rampant opiophobia ends, NOW. The best way is by dispelling the decades of ignorance governments have been propagandizing people.
Yes, there is a dose that would still kill an addict, a dose no addict would ever dose, because not only would it be outrageously high, but it wouldn't even get them high, and they'd know that. Addicts really only die when they don't know the exact dose they're getting.
Jacob D true but there is still a dose that will wipe out a persons respiratory drive. I’m with ya’, decriminalizing drug use is a great idea. But, it is very difficult to expect a full blown addict to use responsibly. It is counter to the basic fundamental behaviors of a drug addict.
Addicts grow a tolerance to respiratory depression, that's why some people in hospital settings require a gram of diamorphine a day for normal effects and suffer no respiratory depression, or why a fentanyl addict can reach ridiculous levels of use (50mg a day) and suffer no lethal effects. The tolerance to respiratory depression grows at the same rate as tolerance to other effects. Yes, sometimes those who quit and then re-dose die because they don't realize their tolerance is much lower, but the way to fix that is to make sure people are educated (which the war on drugs stops), stop the culture of making people quit who aren't ready to quit (which leads to relapse down the road), and readily available naloxone (which completely removes overdoses from the equation because it's an instant fix, unless the person is dosing alone).
Jacob D yes you are correct in that it doesn’t harm organs and/or the body in general. The problem is that opiate addicts take more and more of it to get high, and if they take too much they may suffer a lethal overdose. Or, a recovering addict who relapses and takes the same dose they took before quitting. They die because they don’t have a high tolerance secondary to their abstinence. The killer is respiratory depression.....they stop breathing. And yes, patients do leave hospitals addicted to opiates. I’m recovering, 4 years, worked in healthcare. Too familiar with this topic, unfortunately.