The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered and It Is Not What You Think | Alternet
Time magazine reported heroin was “as common as chewing gum” among U.S. soldiers, and there is solid evidence to back this up: some 20 percent of U.S. soldiers became addicted to heroin there, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Many people were understandably terrified: they believed a huge number of addicts were about to head home when the [Vietnam] war ended.
But in fact, some 95 percent of the addicted soldiers, according to the same study, simply stopped using.
I volunteered through the Red Cross at the VA Hospital nearest to Detroit after the Vietnam War. What I saw there was the 5% of soldiers who didn’t simply stop using heroin … the methadone line wrapped around the building.
Detroit was and is a mess; Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” rings as true about its nature today as it did when the song was released in 1971.
I believe the author of the linked article is absolutely right about our needing to connect … that changing our minds, our hearts and the way we address addiction will change our society, rapidly.
But I also believe there is a lot of money to be made by our failing to connect, mainly by the Prison Industrial Complex.
Until we can put the parasites that feed on disconnection in their place, we’ll be singing Marvin’s song.