Psychopathology

Addictive Personalities and Why People Take Drugs: The Spike by Gary Winship

By Gary Winship

'Gary Winship has produced a hugely unique exploration of drug taking within the twenty-first century. starting with a transparent assertion that this factor is a turning out to be and poorly controlled one, the writer attracts on a variety of classical notion, psychoanalytic idea, and his personal scientific event to discover a clean method of realizing why humans take medications. This publication may be very valuable for college kids in scientific fields comparable to nursing, social care, psychotherapy, and drug aid paintings. it's also a huge contribution to the drug coverage debate.'- Professor Nick Manning, Director, Institute of psychological overall healthiness, collage of Nottingham / Notts HC NHS belief

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But before I look further into this I want to set an atavistic scene or two. It is known that mind-altering substances were burned in ancient rituals in Mesopotamia and Egypt, but naturally occurring herbaceous plants will have most certainly been ingested and burned long before. We might say that the rendering of ancient myths and tales of intoxication have been cast from a deep interlace between homo sapiens man and his use of mind-altering substances. Notably, it is in the comity of myths, folklore, and tales of birth and renewal, across continents and religions, where we see the concept of creation, including the creation of the universe itself, embedded on occasions in the narrative of mankind’s experience of intoxication.

Freud did not blame people for bowing down to the idea that there was some supernatural power that C R E AT I O N M Y T H S A N D B R E A S T J U N K I E S 19 could be the source of redemption and nor was he overly critical of people who indulged in drugs. Freud understood that life was hard, and that our drive towards civility was always in the face of our urges in the other direction, our instinctive animal aggression, sibling rivalry, unruly sexual urges, and so forth. Drugs and religion were nonetheless “evils”, said Freud, and they stood against civilization rather than progressed it.

57). His attempts at temperance proved to be less than resolute and he knew he was at the mercy of his Morpheus muse: “It is useless my dear poet to assume this careless air. I shall smoke again if my work requires it” (p. 186). And his journal charts a familiar to and fro of rehab and relapse. However, he recorded his hope that one day there may be a medical solution and that: … doctors will discover the hiding places of morphine and will draw it out by means of some substance for which it is greedy, as a bowl of milk attracts a serpent (1930, p.

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