Rat Park

Posted on July 21, 2016 by JoAnne

This is an excerpt from the book, “Chasing the Scream:  The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” by Johann Hari- Rat Park.  The “Bruce” identified in the article was a clinician in the early 70’s. I would dialectically argue that addiction is about both the genetic predisposition and the environment. The environment could be “an empty cage” that offered no other stimulation, but if the biological organism did not have receptor sites that the drug could bind with, the addiction would not take place. Both of these are contributing factors. The important point here is that we may not be able to change our biology, and we may not have been able to change our environment in the past … but we can often influence/change our environment in the here & now.


Future blogs will explore the dialectic between Acceptance & Change.


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