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Author Topic: Drug Addiction as Demonic Possession  (Read 682 times)

Eris

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Drug Addiction as Demonic Possession
« on: December 09, 2015, 02:00:34 AM »

http://www.forces.org/evidence/download/demonic_possession.pdf

Really good read on addiction, could be very controversial to some.  Long read as well.

Touches on how addiction is a manifestation of the mind, and points out the failures of science to understand such a complex and broad reaching concept.  Touches on some finer points such as how this concept is no more than "demonology" and societal in essence, psychological instead of pharmacological.  Very very enlightening read.
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Re: Drug Addiction as Demonic Possession
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2015, 09:56:58 AM »

Not sure how much I can agree with the concept of heroin withdrawal being a placebo effect.  On the other hand, withdrawal can be magnified to unfathomable levels through the thoughts of the individual experiencing it, so there is definitely merit here.  But this is really pushing the boundaries to claim that the opioid user who is ignorant to the effects profile of withdrawal will not experience them upon discontinuation.  I myself have experienced opioid withdrawal, much to my surprise when experimenting with substances in my youth.  I had no idea what the sweating was about, and there are plenty of anecdotal reports of people experiencing opioid withdrawal and thinking they are sick, rather than realizing they are withdrawing.

I had to check the year of the paper while reading it, just to make sure it was actually published recently.  2000, only 15 years ago but we have learned much since, especially concerning addiction, substance habituation, withdrawal, and the mechanisms of the brain that govern such.  That being said, there is definitely some merit to this, and I feel it depends on the substance in question.  It is not difficult for me to give up smoking tobacco with zero withdrawal effects.  What is hard is saying no when they are around.  But this is no different than the kid asking his parents for candy at the grocery store aisle checkout.  No demons or control outside of our abilities, just decisions.  At times they may be able to be influenced by our habits and lifestyle choices, but ultimately, we are the ones in control, and that is what I like about this paper.  The only people who do not have control are the ones who were tricked into thinking they never had any in the first place.
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