Maia Szalavitz continues to put out excellent material, and while I personally don’t agree with how she wrote everything in this article — Of Course Marijuana Addiction Exists. And It’s (Almost) All In Your Head — there’s one part that really resonated with me:
Addiction is a relationship between a person and a substance or activity; addictiveness is not a simple matter of a drug â€œhijacking the brain.â€ In fact, with all potentially addictive experiences, only a minority of those who try them get hookedâ€”and people can even become addicted to apparently â€œnonaddictiveâ€ things, like carrots. Addiction depends on learning, context and psychology, not just neurotransmitters.
One of the best definitions I’ve heard.
This, to me, has been a huge problem in our discourse about drugs — a disconnect on even the definition of “addiction.” It’s a word that has had competing political, scientific, and common definitions.