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      Major Update to OL (please click to open)   02/09/2016

      Sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to update OL and there have been some serious changes made by IPB. The real bad news is that they had to merge User Names and Display Names. This meant that I had to choose between bad and bad. I opted to keep the log-on information the same, so you can get on OL like you always did, but now your User Name is displayed. If your User Name and Display Name were the same, you will not feel the change. If they were different, you are probably irritated right now. I will figure out how you can change this so you can revert to the Display Name you used before if you like, however this may entail a change in how you log-on. The good news is that OL is now searchable from the very beginning. This means all the old posts from the A-Team in Objectivism (and everybody else) will finally show up when you search for something. I will keep changing this announcement as we adapt to these new changes. It's a pain, I know, but after looking around the backend for a bit, I believe the benefits will far, far outweigh the current irritation. They changed things in a hamhanded way and I don't like that, but I can't do anything about it. Benefit-wise, they actually did a good job, so please bear with us. In addition to this change, many good things are coming over time. You are the reason OL exists and I am sorry you have to go through this. Think of it like birth pangs... (All right, all right, that's forcing it.  ) Michael
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Michael Stuart Kelly

Heroin

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I just came across a gem of a blog article on heroin addiction by one M. Simon:

Heroin

The main point that Simon stressed is that the majority of heroin addicts are in pain.

First we start out with an unusual point of view. Most addicts are in pain. This is quite surprising. It surprised me. I thought they were just in it for the euphoria.

Here is what Dr. Shavelson found in his study of 200 addicts: a high proportion of severely abused children (beatings, rapes, rapes of siblings). He questioned his study methodology. He thought there must have been a flaw in how his sample was selected or in how the questions he asked were framed.

Then while he was doing his research, an article came out in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said that the addiction rate goes up for male sexually abused children.

I did not suffer sexual abuse when I was young, so I never responded much to the stories of those who did during my recovery, but I remember a huge portion of addicts in the NA meetings I went to had been abused. And the vast majority was bisexual, or at least had had sexual experiences with both sexes. This was not my case either and being hit on by men, as sometimes happened, took some getting used to. (I was always careful on turning them down to let them know that I did not think less of them, but was flattered instead. I just didn't "play on that team" as they say in Brazil.)

I remember one guy used to crack up everybody by saying, "Nine out of every ten people attending NA meetings have serious issues with their sexual identity and one is lying."

I highly recommend any addicts reading this to look at that blog article above. (There are some great links there, also.) It mentions heroin and pain. But from my experience, pain is at the root of the vast majority of addiction to hard drugs.

Michael

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