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Providing straightforward information pertaining to drugs, drug use & drug policy. The Grey Pages promotes drug-related literacy and advocates a system of viable and tolerant drug policies. This is my personal collection of commentaries, essays, tid-bits, and other such writings on everything ranging from drug use, drug policy and drug-myths, to drug-science, addiction, human behavior, and the workings of the human brain. I started this blog with a particular focus on opioids, and over the past year have found my interest gravitate toward the intriguing, ever-changing world of designer intoxicants (i.e. "research chemicals" or "designer drugs").

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Slaves" to a substance, or consenting parties?

A core belief of Project Narco (myself and this blog) is that our characterization of drug "addiction" as "chemical slavery" has irrationally characterized our mainstream conception of drug use - This victim mentality is a product of both human nature & modern american cultural influence.

We have convinced ourselves that addicts are "slaves" to the drugs and helpless to control their own behavior; we rationalize it by telling ourselves there is no way that a loved one/friend could actually want such a lifestyle for themselves... After all, the idea that a son or daughter actually enjoys sticking a syringe in their arm is a realization that some cannot or will not come to terms with.

We would rather think of them as victims than view them as the fully consentual and primarily complicit parties in their own self-destruction.

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