Originally Posted by TRF
Altering the brain isn't the same as destroying a chemical and the ability to produce that chemical.
Managing a chemical addiction is not the same as curing a psychological addiction. And while you have made some salient points in your stance, you have not addressed this. Probably because you can't.
Addiction has destroyed my family. Absolutely destroyed it. To the point that I haven't spoken to my sister in 13 years, my brother in 4 years. I want no part of them around my kids.
Your pov, your opinion is there is such a thing as an ex addict. That isn't Hamilton's opinion, any addict's opinion or the opinion of the medical community at large. Based on that, you are wrong, period.
My cousin went through something you describe 15 years ago. Lost his wife, house, job, etc. He was a fall-down drunk.
I'm happy to say 15 years later, he has a wonderful home, a great relationship with his recently graduated son, he's second in command at a very large police precinct and has been sober for well over 10 years. My own brother was basically becoming a drug addict himself a few years ago. He's still a work in progress but has been clean for 2 years and is starting to get his own life back together.
I'm very sorry for what your family has gone through. But people can change. People can get their lives together and take over their addictions. It can and does happen everyday. To me, people confuse 'hard' with 'can't.' Substance abuse does not damage the brain beyond repair. It affects the producing of chemicals, but unless we're talking about a serious case where someone has overdosed on several occasions or gone into a drug-induced coma, they are not affected to the point where they can't still control themselves and get back on the right path.
Drug abuse can
destroy certain chemicals in the brain. But it doesn't always and we're talking about more extreme cases when it does. But these studies show that drugs, overeating and television all have similar effects on the brain. The reason these drugs are addictive are because of dopamine levels. As I said, I don't deny there can be other side affects with the substance abuse, but that's not often the case.