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Re: causes of addiction

Posted by Geezer on March 2, 2002, at 13:17:49

In reply to Re: causes of addiction Alan, posted by Elizabeth on February 28, 2002, at 16:10:59

> > Perhaps this is a starting point. Is this more in the direction of what you're talking about? Or perhaps do you think the theory of narcissistic personality to broad an angle from which to start?
>
> Psychoanalytic theory was *not* what I had in mind <g>. What I'm curious about is what traits ("personality" or "temperament" or whatever you want to call them) make some people apparently unable to use drugs in moderation. I'm not sure if that's what you're thinking of or not. (I took intro psych, but we didn't study Kohut's "self psychology.")
>
> > BTW, the UMASS rats seem to almost be shouting some answers to us. Maybe in our lifetime, I don't know.
>
> I wonder what's going on in their little tiny rat brains.
>
> -elizabeth

My God what a thread!! You two have "smarts" and "grit" ( hope you will accept that kindly)-my respect. I thought only us old-timers had to "shake it out". My only point of reference is an old fashioned psyc. degree from the University of Buffalo in the 1960s, a lifetime of mistakes, goodly amount of Dex/Valium abuse, and undx'ed Bipolar II until last year.

May I offer an opinion on "temperament" or "personality" and drug use/misuse. I don't think it matters, that is to say, I don't think they serve as predictors and I don't think any kind of talk therapy will change the drug use/misuse. IMHO the only thing that matters in treating Major Mood Disorders is psychopharm. - I wouldn't give you 2 empty beer cans for talk therapy of any kind. Not looking to start a fire!

I am also collecting medical records as stated in the thread (meany years worth) but not for law suite purposes - the damage is done and money won't change that. I wan't to publish (all narrative no names).

Geezer


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