Addiction and Philosophy

Addiction itself is not a problem – it is the consequence of a problem. The problem may be articulated as follows: man has natural tendencies and longings that may be transformed, misdirected, sublimated, directly expressed, but never eradicated. These tendencies and longings, when thwarted, lead to frustration, helplessness, despair, hopelessness, and pain. This pain is palpable and builds up toward a desperate need for relief. This pain is the result of many things that may be imprecisely called frustrations.


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