Category Archives: addiction

An epidemic of car-theft addiction

The psychopathology of stealing cars

Dalrymple relates (from 8:50) that he remembers reading

a very arcane, scholarly article on car theft as an addiction.

The article discussed

the circuits in the brain that might lead people repeatedly to steal cars.

Shortly after the article was published, a convict who had stolen 600 cars came up to Dalrymple and asked:

Doc, d’you think I’m addicted to stealing cars?

Dalrymple comments:

These ideas trickle down. People know perfectly well they’re junk, but they sometimes get advantages from repeating them.

Argumentum ad Dutertum

Moral bizarrerie

SPEAKER A: I do not believe that addiction is an illness in the same sense that Parkinson’s disease is an illness.

SPEAKER B: But you are playing Duterte’s game.

Drug addiction is a condition invented by users and doctors

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Withdrawing from heroin is far from the titanic struggle of misery portrayed by the treatment industry, Dalrymple points out. Treatment for drug addiction is, in fact, a waste of time.

Moral weakness par excellence

Close down the drug addiction clinics!

Addicts, writes Dalrymple,

would then have to face the truth, that they are as responsible for their actions as anyone else.

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NIDA now believes its propaganda

Example of propaganda put out by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

Example of propaganda put out by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

It has long been pretended by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, writes Dalrymple,

that addiction is a chronic relapsing disease in exactly the same way as, say, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic relapsing disease.

The pretence started

as a tactic to winkle money out of Congress, but as persistent liars often come to believe their lies, so the NIDA has come to believe its propaganda.

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The sort of claims made by the National Institute for Drug Abuse

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Newspaper-commentary addiction

Dalrymple writes:

It’s an addiction, reading newspaper commentary, and I don’t really know why I do it except that I’ve always done it and probably always will—if, that is, newspapers outlive me.

For example, he read

a lot of articles about the bombings in Brussels, even though I knew they would be about as illuminating as the economic commentary of the Financial Times, and only slightly more interesting.

One non-pharmacological strategy, of proved effectiveness, for those with sleep disorders is to attempt to read this journal's commentary either on the economy or on world affairs

One non-pharmacological strategy, of proved effectiveness, for those with ordinary insomnia or more intractable sleep disorders is to attempt to read this journal’s commentary, either on the economy or on world affairs. Doing so is powerfully sedative, though side-effects include depression and, in some cases, such symptoms of psychosis as hallucinations (almost always unpleasant), melancholic loss of concentration, drastically reduced sex drive, the wish to commit suicide, thoughts of murder, or the belief that one is being buried alive

Addiction to opiates is a pretend illness

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treatment of it is pretend rather than real treatment.

How and why

addicts came to lie to doctors, how and why doctors came to return the compliment, and how and why society swallowed the lies,

is explored in Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy, in which Dalrymple explains that

  • heroin is not highly addictive
  • withdrawal from it is not medically serious
  • addicts do not become criminals to feed their habit
  • addicts do not need any medical assistance to stop taking heroin
  • heroin addiction is a moral or spiritual problem.

Out of this nettle, we pluck this flower

Nose for a story

Nose for a story

Drug addicts are a protected species

Dalrymple comes across an article in the Guardian reporting the death of a New York Times columnist, a man named Carr. Dalrymple writes that Carr

was a man unknown to me, either personally or through his writing, though a passage of his work quoted in the Guardian’s article, presumably selected as a representative sample of his style and wit, does not encourage me to read much further in his work.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 08.07.17He says of the sample:

This is to writing what T-shirts are to dress: sloppy and inelegant.

In the monster's clutchesCarr, apparently, had been a cocaine addict and dealer,

but out of this nettle, addiction, he managed to pluck this flower, a regular column in the New York Times.

The Guardian describes Curr as having ‘escaped the clutches of drug addiction’. Dalrymple writes:

By the words ‘escaped the clutches’ is really meant ‘decided to stop taking’, and good for him, say I, well done, though it was not so well done to have addicted himself in the first place.

Addiction, writes Dalrymple,

is not, except in very rare circumstances, something that happens to you, but something that you do.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 22.27.59Addicts like Carr emerge as

a protected species, protected, that is, from the reach of that most vicious of all human propensities — but one which is both inevitable and necessary — the propensity to make moral judgment. Unlike, say, financiers or rapists, they know not what they do and therefore merit no reprehension. In our sentimental world, reprehension is taken to be synonymous with the withdrawal of all sympathy or understanding.

Don’t let alcohol win the battle

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 03.21.01The cycle of alcohol dependency can be broken. A safe retreat and rehabilitation centre is available at reasonable rates.

China flu is the Left’s chance

To treat addicts, for example, as people to whom something has happened rather than as people who have decided to do something is, writes Dalrymple,

to infantilise them. It is another small step in the transformation of the population into wards of government.

It is what some politicians hanker for,

a people without powers of decision for themselves, a people without resilience.