Is addiction hereditary? Is depression caused by outside circumstance? Are children of broken homes fated to repeat the pattern?
I believe that addiction is a disease, the vice is what’s up for grabs. Is a “socially functioning” coke head better off than a homeless meth head, or simply not so far gone on the path? My cousin works in a drug store’s office, she said rehabilitation facilities don’t work most of the time, so they provide clean needles. Doesn’t that counter the effect of a war on drugs? I know the war on drugs is controversial, but when government funded clean injection sites pop up, isn’t the Canadian’s tax dollar being being juxtaposed?
I read an article in bed last night about the effects that ongoing stressful situations (ie: work) have on women. They are much more likely to become depressed. Is depression a condition you are born with or does it come about by a series of events? Is the ability (or inability) to cope with stressful situations learned or inherent?
I ate lunch with my cousin today, whose home was shattered by adultery and a messy divorce when he was a teenager. They are just recently starting to mend, but the shrapnel is still visible, for those who care to look. He’s engaged to be married next summer. Afterwards I mused out loud to Steve about the fate of his marriage. Will be be but a link in a chain of broken homes, or when the event causes such a disturbing wake, are people less likely to follow in the same path with their own relationships?