Sunday, March 7, 2010

Who is the addict?

"Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look."

William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar

Just as many addicts do. And what is that "lean and hunrgy look" but a sign of the hole in their soul. A hole that begs, demands, sreams to be satiated and filled.

"I believe there is one addiction process, whether it is manifested in the lethal substance dependencies of my Downtown Eastside patients; the frantic self-soothing of overeaters or shopaholics; the obsessions of gamblers, sexaholics, and compulsive internet users; or the socially acceptable and even admired behaviors of the workaholic. Drug addicts are often dismissed and discounted as unworthy of empathy and respect."

Gabor Mate, M.D.
In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts p. 2

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