Addiction: Its causes aren’t what you think; either is its cure.

Uploaded on Jan 4, 2007

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.

via The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered and It Is Not What You Think | Alternet.


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.



About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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5 Responses to Addiction: Its causes aren’t what you think; either is its cure.

  1. Thanks for the blast from the past. I have always loved Marvin Gay. The video was great. I just wish they updated it with poverty, droughts, fergusson marches,school shootings, homeless, drones, clipps from Gitmo prison… issues of today.

    I read the article as well. I have beeen aware of Portugals decriminilizing of drugs. I did not know how successful it has been. EU media is not covering this social science experiment because it is succeeding. Thank you for the insight.

    • Thanks, Honey, for letting me know I wasn’t the only one in the dark about how well decriminalizing addiction works. I’m grateful to the alternate media for covering what we need to know if we’re ever going to be truly civilized.

      There may well be a version of Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on youtube with current events, but when I read the article, I immediately thought of all the Detroit Vets circling the VA hospital, and deliberately went looking for this specific version to honor them. If you happen to find a newer version, please let me know … it would be fitting to publish it at the end of the blog post.

  2. Pingback: Addiction: Its causes aren’t what you think; either is its cure. | sliceofheaveninsweden

  3. I’d appreciate it, Honey. I enjoyed looking around your blog; I hope others will take a look!

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