Re: Hamilton for Volquez - then & now
Originally Posted by TheNext44
By definition, chemical addictions cannot be cured, only managed.
A chemical addiction occurs when a certain chemical in one's brain is destroyed by the drug, and then replaced by the drug itself. Smokers have a certain, necessary drug missing from the brain, that was destroyed by smoking. The only way they can replace that chemical is by smoking (or a patch, etc). Same thing for alchohol, cocaine, heroin, and every chemical addiction.
Certain people can manage their addiction so it doesn't affect their lives in ways that it shows, but it always affects them. It is something that they have to fight every day for the rest of their lives. This is not psychology, it's chemistry.
That's not any different than overeating, watching too much television, etc. They're all dependencies. The only difference is that drug and alcohol addictions are more serious consequences for abuse.
Overeating is an addiction. Television is an addiction. You really think any of these things go away? They don't. People have to manage their addiction. Life is all about temptations. We all have them and it's up to us to control them.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda