What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.
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I play every day but i dont have nothing to do, when i dont game the things that I do are boring as fuck: Talking to people, reading, etc, it doesnt feel as good/ pleasant, exciting as gaming, playing videogames makes me feel right, but i waste my life, i just dont know what to do, I dont have friends, 0 friends, im not very introvert but i feel like i dont belong in this world when im talking to people, also this: I dont talk to all the people because I think that i will molestar. Im 18 yo spent all my life playing videogames, the thing is that I can stop whenever i want but the real life seems way more boring and uninteresting, also I have a problem where I dont know if I can be my full self because im a open person but I also talk too much so I can be kinda mediatic because i just like to be like myself, I like to be with interesting people, I like to talk a lot, but the thing is that when I stop gaming and return to real world im nobody, I know i can build my life, I know but something deep inside me there is a fear of living my life, to explain this: Im scared of living my life without knowing anything of what is going to happen, is like I need some sort of instructions or writings to know whats gonna happen, im like very scared in that way, also the thiing of me is that im very sensitive/emotional. Also my selfsteem is based on how I look like or feel about my appereance, the thing of this is that I dont really know if im ugly or goodloking, I had classmates in my highscool telling me EVERYDAY that I was ugly, me myself I was doubting, so when they call me ugly EVERYDAY and nearly EVERYONE it becomes so bad this feeling that I feel that if im trully ugly I should not talk to anyone because im disgusting looking, because my eyes are bigger than usual and my nose is long, me myself I feel this way because everyone around values looks way more than it should be. Also making friends is kinda the opposite of motivating because when i see so many fake people around me I just cant have any friends because of this, I just dont wanna be with someone who is not respectfull, who is focused on being stupid/lazy, I dont wanna be hurt because I feel very bad about it, I dont know how to handle the sword that someone could stab to me in my chest if I start to make friends, I just cant live in this world, I feel like I dont belong here, people are so damn interested in stupid things, everyone is looking and their phone, me included, but i just wanna be friend with someone that is a good person, I feel that I cannot trust anyone because im weak, my mood is not good because all of the causes that I said before, I just wanna be friend with someone that could underestand me all of this things im just saying, saying this things to anyone is very bad because they will know all my weaknesses and I will be sad, so I dont know, I just feel strange right now, also I think that living the typical life of having a gf then marry her, then having children is very boring because its the typical thing, maybe im wrong because its just hard to find the right person, when everybody around me is so focused on herself, I just wanna be good with myself, but the human brain need social interaction so thats why im in bad mood, so yeah, if you read this I hope you can understand me because I dont know I just feel very strange, and out of this world, I just feel that the way is going the world is way too fast, people are working way too much in my opinion, having friends nowadays (real ones) feels pretty damn scary because of what i said later. Bye, and yes this is my diary.
Very true. In Korea I was a lush. Here, HELL NO! There's no free drinks, club fees are you kidding me, everything was safer, sex was safer, no fears of being raped or robbed. You could leave a phone, purse or camera and get it back the next day. Not saying it didn't happen to others. But very rare. Alcohol was just apart of culture. In a good way.
oh geez, the points in his video though.. we need not to focus on the thing we use to make us happy that makes us so called 'addicted', but we have to focus on the connection with the people around. the point with the imprisoned dude though.. hes put isolated there and the people around him makes the situation worse, slowing down his recovery from the usage..
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Well.. i think there are many ways to stop someone from taking drugs.
I stopped, because of many reasons.. some are, that i wanted to have that "clearer" mind. I tried for a long time, but was alone with that wish and nobody was able to support me. Then the point came, where i noticed, that nobody i know.. yet.. WILL support me. Duh.. I also have depression. There came the point, when i knew something had to be done. Some people might habe already given up "in my case". But i dont think, that is what i have to do, or feel, that it is what i want to do.
I want to be able to help and to love i guess, though i am disgusted by the people, who made my world how it is now.
Have fun, bit****
PS: still a good video, though some points are untold..
I think that it isn't only the bond, but also that the bonds must be meaningful with the potential to be lifelong. I didn't actually quit smoking until my partner and I had been together for years and I realized that if I wanted things to stay long-term, I would need to be around to take care of him.
I'm a recovering heroin addict. I was also shooting up speedballs and meth. There would be no way I'd ever recover without having friends (online on discord, and in real life). Now I'm focusing on persuing women and my urge to use has dropped so significantly, I dont even smoke cigarettes anymore. I didnt have a strong desire to quit. I really really wanted to shoot up heroin and cocaine every day for the rest of my life. I started getting suboxone treatment and started hanging out with my friends again and I didnt even have to fight an urge to quit. I've managed to get off suboxone and am taking classes and have left right off from where I was before I started using. It has been 2 years since I've used drugs other than occasionally smoking pot. Smoking weed is pretty harmless though. Just sharing my experience!
sorry for my english i'm french.
So, this video don't talk so much about physical and chemical science but on philosophical and sociological plan. Well, let's analyse your point of view. your ideology is to say that loneliness, associability induce a certain tendancy to try some drogs and perhaps become addict. Then, instead of punishing them we have to reinsert them in society.
I don't fuck with psychologism because it's just the science of ignorants, we can talk about existantialism for hours. The only thing you do in this video is to psychoanalyze the individual, the criminal. You just do like Victor Hugo, you just clean up the crime commited by the criminal and you make him a victim of "society". No, he is victim of his own ignorance and decadance.
"Society" don't have to pay for dummies and she's not responsible of he's INDIVIDUAL problems. And I don't understand WHY loneliness is the major vector of addiction. Sorry but the boredom is for me one of the biggest cause. Like Pascal said "Human always try to flee boredom by devote in entertaining and generaly useless activities."
If those activities are in conflict with autorities we can consider them like deviants so they have to be punished.
And if those activities are legals, no problem. That's all, it's not up to you to choose is they are in a bad mood and if they are,we have to intervene.
great video except a small oversight - you make it sound like giving opium derivatives to recovering patients is relatively safe, however we`ve been a huge increase in heroin type addictions recently caused by those pain killers, the truth may lie somewhere in between.
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I am a recovering cocaine (and everything else) addict. The love that I have gained from my family and new friends has helped me stay clean for 10 months. I still want to use but the feeling I get from being supported in my recovery are stronger and my need to wash away all that I have worked for by chemically changing my feelings, hurting those that I have regained so much trust with. This video is not the full story, but it is giant part of it.
I watch YouTube when I am bored, but when I see my friends...I throw (not literally) YouTube away or we watch something together , with drugs it's the same thing, though we probably don't drug together.
Immerse yourselfs in tiny communities like, say you like cars, go and find people with the same liking as you i know its really hard but there is good people out there. After you find your tiny social group start expanding etc make it a hobby notm a job :D hope you dont get lonely anymore
Interesting concept, but it's not that simple.
Addiction basically is the inability to stop a behaviour despite knowing that it's not beneficial.
Simplified you can say that you get addicted to something when it creates a stronger stimulus than you brain has evolved to handle. This stimulus creates a memory, which in turn creates desire to repeat the action that caused the stimulus. Welcome to addiction.
But how much of a stimulus you need to trigger addiction is dependant on many factors. Chemical hooks being one of them. But there is also the environment the person lives in, their genetic disposition, mental and physical problems (or strengths).. it's impossible to narrow it down to something so simple as "chemical hooks" or "it all depends on the environment". Reasons for addiction are complex. The solution isn't. In theory. In pratice it's insanely hard. Physical addiction.. sure. You can go to rehab and you're rid of that. But the mental addiction.. you can never completely get rid of it. Even after 10 years of being clean.. there will stil be 30% of that voice remaining that constantly tempts you and keeps trying to drag you back into using. Once you're addicted.. it's a life long struggle that never ends. You will never be completely free again.
I absolutely love the ending statement tough: The opposite of addiction is connection. That is absolutely true.
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