The likely cause of addiction has been discovered, and it is not what you think

If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves … we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true.  There is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.

I learned it from an extraordinary mixture of people I met on my travels. From the surviving friends of Billie Holiday, who helped me to learn how the founder of the war on drugs stalked and helped to kill her. From a Jewish doctor who was smuggled out of the Budapest ghetto as a baby, only to unlock the secrets of addiction as a grown man. From a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who was conceived when his mother, a crack-addict, was raped by his father, an NYPD officer. From a man who was kept at the bottom of a well for two years by a torturing dictatorship, only to emerge to be elected President of Uruguay and to begin the last days of the war on drugs.

Original Article (Huffington Post):
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
Artwork Fair Use: Diane Reed Slattery’s  Xenolinguistics- Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness & ECfES Blog &  Sacred Mushrooms and Law

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