The Addiction Arena
"Why do so many teenagers, and younger
people, turn to drugs?
(a) Because of peer-group pressure, failure of communication,
dysfunction, rebellion against parents, and decline of religious
(b) Because life
is difficult, boring, disappointing, and unhappy,
and drugs make you feel good."
- Walker Percy
article assembled by
Agents "Hef the Solitary" and "Titan
The economic cost
of alcohol and drug abuse
in the United States alone
is estimated at $246 billion dollars.
(Source: The National Institute
- and this doesn't even include
the real costs involved -
the misery, suffering, and waste that happens to the people
Yet the "addiction-treatment
- or whatever you might call the organizations that treat
- are generally, with some exceptions, not doing the job.
Not many of them even agree
on the basic nature of what "addiction" really
Sounds like a job
for your humble and dedicated
In a look at
"the good life,"
one big area just can't be ignored: "addictions."
Nothing against relaxing, fun,
having a good time - after all, "living the good life"
is what it's all about . . . but at the same time, at a
certain point, alcohol, beer, drugs, and so on, cross that
line where they lead in the exact opposite direction.
This arena is about that line.
The goal of
the LiveReal Addiction Arena is simple:
we seem to still be a long way from any accepted "universal
theory of addiction" (although, hey, we're working on
it) - in the meantime, this is still an issue that many of
is about facing it.