• Day 11: Is Everyone Addicted to Something?

    Date: 2010.03.10 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    From today’s Huffington Post:

    President Obama is addicted to nicotine. Rush Limbaugh got hooked on OxyContin. Glenn Beck is a recovering alcoholic, as is Elton John, Eric Clapton, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Judy Collins, Mel Gibson, and many more. Tiger Woods is a sex addict – it’s likely that Warren Beatty and Wilt Chamberlain were, too. William Bennett’s gambling habit was all over the news. Oprah acknowledges she’s a carbohydrate addict. Julia Cameron was hooked on alcohol and drugs, as were McKenzie Phillips and Carrie Fisher. The list of famous addicts grows ever-longer and we begin to wonder: Do the pressures of fame and fortune drive people to addictive substances and activities … or is everyone an addict?

    In her book, When Society Becomes an Addict, Anne Wilson Schaef asserts that life in the U.S. is so stressful that it is impossible not to become addicted to something. She says that we live in a society that not only encourages addiction, but almost demands it. Schaef points out that some addictions, such as workaholism, are actually applauded in our culture – while others, such as nicotine, TV, internet porn, gambling, and sex addiction, are simply tolerated. But nobody grows up in our country without becoming addicted to something.

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