Alcoholism and drug abuse are incredibly hard diseases to kill off, and they tend to spread from generation to generation, both through genetics and through behavior. In addition to this, addiction of any kind is inherent in dependent personalities and in hardcore control freaks. Addiction is based entirely upon fear. This means that, to some extent, addiction is based upon the mentality of starvation. Fear can exist anywhere, but it is a reactionary science, not one based upon carefully thought out logic. Fear brings out reactions of fear, and one of those is addiction.
Unfortunately, this disease of starvation feeds upon our most primal urges and sentiments. It feeds into what we believe that we will lose and it feeds upon how we will gain it back, even if we would never act that way under ordinary, non-fear-based circumstances. Fear can be transferred from individual to individual, especially if the first individual is highly influential in the mind of the second. The disease of starvation can rapidly spread from person to person, from idea to idea, until it taints and distorts everything around it. It is useful at this point to focus on preserving one’s own resources, and not to focus on someone else’s resources, intentions, or lack thereof.
Starvation excites high needs for survival within a human being. It builds hunger and weakens the ability fight or run away from danger. It pretty much puts a person at attention at all times, which is an unnatural state of being. If stress hormones are being activated at every moment of every day, then someone can find it very difficult to have or maintain peace. It is important to notice if you are involuntarily clenching any of your muscles, and why you are doing so. Diseases like drug abuse and alcoholism can build involuntary fear reactions in someone, to the point to where they often feel at risk, even when they are not. This can drive away perspective-enhancing relationships in their lives, and make them more susceptible to further paranoia and the inability recognize real danger when it arises.
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