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Addiction in The Internet Age.


Inamullah Ansari – Treads the Boards, Almost. “The Diseasing of Pakistan”.

Addiction is not a chemical side effect of a drug. Rather, addiction is a direct result of the psychoactive effects of a substance – of the way it changes our sensations. The experience itself is what the person becomes addicted to. In other words, when narcotics relieve pain, or when cocaine produces a feeling of exhilaration, or when alcohol or gambling creates a sense of power, or when shopping or eating indicates to people that they are being cared for, it is the feeling to which the person becomes addicted. No other explanation – about supposed chemical bonding’s or inbred biological deficiencies – is required. And none of these other theories comes close to making sense of the most obvious aspects of addiction.


Some people seem to behave excessively in all areas of life, including using drugs heavily. This even extends into legal drug use. For example, those who smoke also drink more coffee. But this tendency to do unhealthy or antisocial things extends beyond the simple use of drugs. Illicit drug users have more accidents even when not using drugs. Those arrested for drunk driving frequently also have arrest records for traffic violations when they aren’t drunk. In other words, people who get drunk and go out on the road are frequently the same people who drive recklessly when they’re sober. In the same way, smokers & cell phone addicts have the highest rates of car accidents and traffic violations, and are more likely to drink when they drive. That people misuse many drugs at once and engage in other risky and antisocial behaviors at the same time suggests that these are people who don’t especially value their bodies and health or the health of the people around them.