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Administering this program was an assistant secretary of defense, Dr. Richard S. Wilbur. 6 Of course, Leshner today teaches that once people, like the Vietnam soldiers, become addicted, they cannot quit. S. government conducted an intense research program with returning drug-using veterans. Two researchers—sociologist Lee Robins and psychiatrist John Helzer—led a team that tracked American soldiers leaving Vietnam. 7 Heroin users in Vietnam did not resemble the typical addicts seen on television programs or in treatment.

While drinking was socially sanctioned, becoming drunk was not. The individual who lost control of himself under the influence of liquor was ridiculed and, if he persisted in his defection, ostracized. 3 Pretty powerful stuff! In this day and age, social shaming might seem outdated, ludicrous, even psychologically damaging. Nonetheless, within Chinese culture—a very large group worldwide—it has been a very effective technique for training children. Few other communities are as unified in their values as Chinatown was in the 1950s.

Is this the way to free ourselves from addictions? People All Around Us Quit Addictions In spite of what the government and treatment programs tell us, we all know that many people escape addictions without treatment. How do we know? Because so many of us, our friends, and our loved ones have quit addictions, including the most common drug addiction, smoking. You have heard, and no doubt believe, that smoking is an addiction. But you may feel it’s not an addiction like heroin addiction or cocaine addiction or alcoholism.

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