Turns out nothing we've been taught about addiction is true. I first began to write and speak about the rise of a pernicious meta-addiction to all things media and all things digital back in the spring of 2004. Addiction in the 21st century, I claimed, was no longer the exception to the rule.
Simply and well-stated, Brody. In what I call the Great Age of Addiction, accountability has been converted from a reward for a job well done to a personal threat.
As someone who's "been there, got a postcard" with addiction and recovery, I can definitely confirm: there is no disease. We all make our choices. Some of us, though, choose to find every possible way we can run from personal accountability and responsibility
I think you are on to something. Especially that the millions being spent to pretend to cure something are not making a difference. The numbers are going up, not down. And yet we keep spending. Because it is the new American way to solve problems - throw money at it and it will go away. Or pass a law. Wah la. Fixed.
I grew up around people whose job it was to get people addicted. Get 'em hooked. I've literally, more times than I can possibly count, remember hearing corner boys tell some random fiend things like "I know dawg, it ain't yo fault. Ya got that bug. It's good though, I got ya". Playing on the that stupid idea that it's not their fault (when we all knew it was), just to keep them thinking it's out of their hands and coming back. Even The Game knew "it's a disease" was bullsh*t