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By Irving Cohen

Examines the profile of the addict, the character of dependancy, and explains the curler coaster syndrome that could seize blameless humans. Too many folks have suffered needlessly at the curler coaster of dependancy. Dr. Cohen is familiar with that habit is a robust seize and hopes that individuals will realize that addicts are neither susceptible nor undesirable humans. they're simply those that underestimated the chance they have been dealing with.

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It is used very widely and, for its purpose, it is an excellent medicine. This is a nonaddictive drug, but it may produce depression and a feeling of a loss of energy in some people. Sometimes, patients continue to have problems from medication because they do not let their physician know about them. Many good drugs exist for controlling blood pressure. A patient who has a side effect from one drug usually is switched to another. Alice had let her doctor know about her depression, but he did not change her medication.

Addiction trapped them all. Understanding the societal problem of addiction is not possible unless we look at individual cases and see the people involved as the quite ordinary human beings that they are. This book attempts to do just that. Only when we understand this face of addiction can we step back and look further, look for solutions that will benefit society, solutions that will prevent human suffering. Today, as a nation we lack this societal plan. Politicians have succumbed to business interests.

Looking solely at either biology or behavior as a cause is insufficient if you wish to understand addiction. Either of these theories alone can be taken to ridiculous extremes. Addiction is both biologic and behavioral. The irrational behavior of addicts is no accident. The behavior is the result of brain chemistry and the brain chemistry is the result of behavior. Consider a roller coaster with an entrance station but no exit. This High-Low Trap is my way of describing the tremendous power of the worst addictions afflicting people.

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