Re: Addiction

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 20:54:14 MST

Dickey, Michael F wrote:

> ----Original Message-----
> From: Brian D Williams []
> Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 2:14 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Addiction
> "Alcoholism is not a genetic predisposition to addictive behavior,
> it is a genetic predisposition to a substance. Once addicted to a
> substance it is not easy to quit, but I agree it is essential."
> But, the primary question is, CAN a person DECIDE to quit, or do they have
> no control over their actions?

Yes, they can given enough of a major hitting bottom (usually)
and given a lot of willpower and support to stay on the wagon.
I've had a few people in my life go through it. It isn't easy.

But no, the above is not the "primary" question if you think it
means that it is all a moral question or primarily one. It is a
bit more complicated than that.

- samantha

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