Re: Caffeine withdrawal advice (was Re: Is Medicine Healthy? add

Jeff Taylor (
Sat, 10 Apr 1999 02:41:20 -0700

Ok, so the definition of Cold Turkey is debatable. I'd say, when you stop - its not using substitutes or patches or whatever else you can think of. One day, I was smoking, the next I wasn't.

I'd never heard of a gene relating to addiction. That is fascinating. So, in the future, as we are reprogramming our work force, we can genetically enhance the chances of them being alcholics or drug addicts? Gee wizz, when will the singularity arrive? before we totally fuck ourselves I hope.

jeff taylor


"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."


>From: "Scott Badger" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Re: Caffeine withdrawal advice (was Re: Is Medicine Healthy? add
>Date: Fri, Apr 9, 1999, 9:41 PM

> Jeff Taylor wrote:
>> Interestingly enough, when I stopped smoking, I did so Cold Turkey.
>> How is it that some people can, and some can't? I don't see any reason why
>> I'd be any less addicted than anyone else. Perhaps, I hadn't been smoking
>> long enough? I was smoking for nearly three years before tapering off and
>> eventually stopping completely. (winding down over about 1 month)
> I am happy for you that you were able to quit but, uh, how is it that you
> quit cold turkey by "winding down over about 1 month"? As for your query, I
> don't have anything solid for you but it is fairly clear that certain
> personality types are more prone to addictive behaviors than others and it's
> reasonable to conclude that genetics plays a role in one's vulnerability.
>> The trick I used was visualization. I simply saw them as something
>> disgusting, a habit which was more like eating shit, than jello. So I
>> stopped.
> I actually did quit cold turkey after 15 years (after multiple unsuccessful
> attempts, of course). I believe that I do not have the hypothetical
> "addictive personality gene". I've indulged in a number of substances in
> the past that were allegedly addictive and never had a problem quitting any
> of them. Lucky me. . .perhaps. I also seem unable to get addicted to good
> habits!
> Scott