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9.17.2009 - Thursday Alcoholism Gregory Bateson made an...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 Alcoholism: Gregory Bateson made an argument about alcoholism. Currently we believe that physical, genetic conditions predispose some people to become alcoholics more than others. The idea that an alcoholic has no self-control, no will power to stop drinking. Unable to stay sober. Battson believes that when an alcoholic is sober there is something in that state of being that drives the alcoholic to drink (e.g. stress). What good is it that we force and alcoholic to be sober, when the alcohol almost serves as a treatment in order to allow the alcoholic to cope. If you look at alcoholics anonymous, they make it seem as if there is a contest between the alcoholic and the liquor, but there is no struggle, the alcohol presents a greater power over the alcoholic that the struggle itself. Everything that is other to the alcoholic’s sense is the alcohol for the alcoholic. First two steps: 1. We admitted we were powerless with alcohol, our lives were unmanageable. 1. Power greater than themselves, perhaps could harness it. In order to maintain his pride in himself, he has to accept this challenge with the alcohol. He
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