October 10, 1986
ADDICTIONS; JOY WITHOUT PAIN/IT FEELS GOOD WHEN I STOP
By Joseph N Daniel
Friends, questors, countrymen and women lend me your eyes, ears,
and minds. Six months ago if anyone had asked me to name six (6)
addictions of the society I could have answered only two: drugs and
alcohol. We drink, smoke, swallow, inhale, snort and inject millions
of gallons, bottles, pounds, ounces, cartons, packages, glasses,
cigarettes, syringes, capsules, and pills of alcohol, tobacco,
marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, stimulants, narcotics, psychedelic-
hallucinogens and miscellaneous mind-altering, consciousness-changing
chemical substances. Besides these drugs we gamble, eat, jog, work,
meditate, cycle and exercise ourselves into addictive behavior.
This addictive behavior remains a basic part of life in America:
a symptom of the weakness, fear, confusion, greed, pleasure-seeking
and puritanism that consumes us.
What is the history of this addictive behavior of our society?
The United States of America during the nineteenth century could quite
properly be described as a "dope fiend's paradise."
Opium was on legal sale conveniently and at low prices throughout
the century; morphine came into common use during and after the Civil War;
and heroin was marketed toward the end of the century. These opiates and
countless pharmaceutical preparations containing them "were as freely
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