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NA in Iran is host to approximately 16,000 of the worlds 60,000 meetings. Addiction is a great leveller. It is an equal opportunities destroyer. But it is also an equal opportunities transformer.
During the 1920s Carl Jung treated a man called Roland Hazard III for alcoholism. I’m going to distill their therapeutic conversations down into the following essential components.
We must understand that addiction is driven predominantly by the brain’s reward system, whereas physiological dependence occurs mostly in the body’s nervous system.
Since antiquity we have been eating mushrooms, licking toads and otherwise imbibing the psychoactive ingredients of numerous seeds, flowers, fruits, nuts, fungi, bark, moulds, sap and animal excretions.
All addictions are like ‘fake software’. They can be used on the same hardware that evolved over millennia to meet our survival needs.
The roots of this opioid epidemic go back to the 1990s when there was a massive upsurge in the production and marketing of opioid analgesics for medical purposes.