Originally Posted by dbarabians
The disease of addiction is not some symptom of a moral weakness or lack of character. How different individuals respond to the issues that occur in their lives depends a lot on how they perceive the world they live in. The events that have shaped their lives as well as their emotional and mental well being.
If it were a case of moral weakness alcohol and drug addiction would not IMO be as widespread and as devasting.
OH and about zoloft and prozac I think that they should put it in the drinking water. . Shalom
We disagree on some things, agree on others, but in this case it is not a matter of opinion.
When an alcoholic dries out and becomes sober, he (or she) becomes rational - at least if they haven't been on skid row for 40 years and their brain is pickled. Assuming he has passed the point of denial and knows he is an alcoholic he knows very well what will happen when he takes that drink. As the good Father we both know of once said, first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink then the drink takes the man. When a sober alcoholic takes up drinking again, it is INDEED a weakness in character. Whatever reason causes them to not be able to cope with life is irrelevant. All of us have issues in our lives. People of strong character cope with life's ups and downs. People of weak character cannot cope.
I am fully aware that alcoholism is a disease. I am also fully aware alcohol and drugs are mind altering - I am not stupid. But I am not living in a fantasy world either. A sober alcoholic picks up his next drink because he does not have the moral character, pride, and backbone not to...pure and simple.
I do not disrespect those that have the disease. But I have no respect for those that return to drinking after being sober. I do not believe we were put on this Earth to be led through life by the hand, and under the influence of mind altering drugs - be they alcohol, illegal, or PRESCRIBED mind altering drugs. There was a time when man faced life's daily challenges, and it is both sad and disgusting to look around and see that so many of us have become lumps of jelly that must have outside help to hold our shape. As a society, we are shells of what we once were - weak, brittle, fragile shells.
As to your last statement, I certainly hope that was meant tongue in cheek...