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Old 09-24-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: SC Foothills
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Now you know the secret of the Universe: The Cockroaches rule and will long outlive every other life form.
Ah yes, the only "things" that will survive a nuclear blast for sure. Nasty little bastards! It is getting better since I had the pros come out on Friday, seen some dead ones but there are live ones still crawling around but they did say it would take a couple of months to be rid of them. Bugs be gone! I'm so ready to move past this and look into volunteering.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Mokena, Illinois
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Mental illness is by nature selfish. By that I mean that the unfortunate person is locked into a battle with themselves-self esteem, distorted self image, paranoia and self loathing. It is as painful a disease as cancer or debilitating as multiple sclerosis. Many will say it is a choice to drink or do drugs, but they are powerless at that moment and oblivious to the destruction. The only focus they have is taking the pain away.
It is extremely hard work to change, and that is why some lose the battle.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Mental illness is by nature selfish. By that I mean that the unfortunate person is locked into a battle with themselves-self esteem, distorted self image, paranoia and self loathing. It is as painful a disease as cancer or debilitating as multiple sclerosis. Many will say it is a choice to drink or do drugs, but they are powerless at that moment and oblivious to the destruction. The only focus they have is taking the pain away.
It is extremely hard work to change, and that is why some lose the battle.

a most excellent post
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Many will say it is a choice to drink or do drugs, but they are powerless at that moment and oblivious to the destruction.
How anyone can believe it would ever be a choice, I don't know. Fortunately there's been more focus on a medical approach to addiction in the last few years.
"Decades of basic laboratory science has revealed that addiction is a bone fide medical problem involving profound brain alterations. Alcohol, opiates, cocaine and other substances increase levels of the chemical dopamine in the reward pathway of the brain. With repeated use, baseline dopamine levels wane to compensate and a drug becomes less pleasurable, requiring ever-larger doses. Even when people are weaned from a drug, their brains don't return to normal. So they remain vulnerable to its draw, suffering mood swings and profound urges to use again." http://www.latimes.com/news/science/...,5288949.story

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Old 07-10-2015, 06:13 AM
 
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It's a certain personality. They behave as selfish, entitled and exempt from the social norms we all live by. AND they expect family and friends to cater to them, believe them and allow them to do and take what they want. It is total destruction of self, soul and interpersonal relationships.

It is a major mess.
The above sounds like Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Ive just broken from an ex who was an alcoholic, I think it was just masking the NPD though.
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: MA
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The above sounds like Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Ive just broken from an ex who was an alcoholic, I think it was just masking the NPD though.

I have started wondering if this was my husband. I mainly blame the vodka, but, I also wondered why he was also difficult when sober. I will never know because sadly he lost his battle and drank himself to death September 3 2014.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am very sorry stormynh. It's sad when you and family have to deal with this and I hope you are doing okay. With many alcoholics in my family, it's unfortunate and my assumption is that addiction deals with a combination of genetics and upbringing.

On another note with general drinking......

The way binge drinking is glamorized by celebrities and young American culture doesn't help either, especially for those that have a hard time with alcohol and can't stop past the normal partying ages of the early 20's. I sometimes wish America could really intervene with the Southern European drinking culture like Italy where is extremely frowned upon to get drunk and more wine and beer is drank rather than the hard stuff. It's very hard to grow up in the late teens and 20's and not be around those that likely to misuse alcohol.

Unfortunately even with all the studies out there we still don't know why some can get drunk a few times during the frat parties in college and call it quits while others still abuse alcohol in frequent terms 40 years later. I've read online that some doctors have identified a gene in which some people have the cause a higher than average probability of addiction. Still it isn't proven.
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