By Gary Winship

ISBN-10: 1855757974

ISBN-13: 9781855757974

'Why will we take medicinal drugs? i have never the faintest notion, yet Gary Winship has a damned solid move at telling me the reply. a few could say it is a principally educational publication, yet as an ex-psychiatric nurse and a Jo Public for the final twenty-five years, i might say there is something in right here for everybody. we've got all taken medicines sooner or later in our lives (except, maybe, my grandma) so a method to determine why is by means of analyzing this attention-grabbing book.'- Jo model, comedian, writer, and actress

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It was very painful to glimpse, even for a short time. Of course the ritual was not only deeply embarrassing, it meant that he was usually late for commitments. His life was severely debilitated by this compulsion. 14 A D D I C T I V E P E R S O N A L I T I E S A N D W H Y P E O P L E TA K E D R U G S Roger’s ritual served to defend against intimacy. When he did manage to get to therapy he had a habit of disappearing into a fuguelike state. He would stay in this state until he was able to move his nose.

My thesis here is that the paradigm of health education and replacement prescribing has sleepwalked into the madness of repetition-compulsion. In a later chapter I describe the recurring attacks on the liver in the myth of Prometheus as an excellent metaphor for understanding the cycle of toxic object relations in drug addiction and I surmise that the therapist needs to be an active detoxifying agent, more like the liver than the alimentary canal, if they are to help patients discharge their toxic fixations (Winship, 1999).

From 17 18 A D D I C T I V E P E R S O N A L I T I E S A N D W H Y P E O P L E TA K E D R U G S Mesopotamian to Celtic, from Aztec to Nordic, diverse cultures evolve analogous myths indicating commonality across cultures. Sometimes myths seem misleading and duplicitous. But it is possible to see strange stories and ancient transactions aggregating in collective meanings and morals, rules and rites of passage as J. G. Frazer (1922) demonstrated in his monumental work, The Golden Bough. The study of myths amounts to a sort of cultural archaeology where psychosocial phenomena can be interrogated to uncover constituents of the mind and human nature itself.

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