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I have failed to restrain myself. Increasingly I feel trapped by my own behavior, and that —in my despairing moments—I have no choice to behave otherwise.  I am, to some extent, imprisoned by my brain biochemistry.  Simply put: I can’t stop doing certain things, even though I need to, or must, to survive. (Note: Such people are addicted to certain substances and/or behaviors. These include addictions to tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, painkillers, caffeine, food, sex, sugar / sweets, carbonated soft drinks, gambling, video gaming, shopping, etc.)

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a heart WV Theme...

...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with: #29A The Self Restrained Person to make Choice #22    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0    version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

behavioral addiction Addiction substance dependence
alcoholism tobacco  Substance Use Disorder
Heroin   Problem Gambling addictive personality
addiction vulnerability addiction psychology addiction psychology
  The Lost Weekend-film about alcohol addiction Internet Addiction

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#11B Free Will   #18B Rational, Dispassionate   23B Enoughness   #28B Healthy Orientation
#29A   The Self Restrained Person #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom    #47A  Attitudinal Fix     #52   Physically Challenged ==>Independent Living  

#102A Conscientious, Efficient Stewardship

#202B Relaxed, Generous, Loving  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #33B: Addiction 

The Society for the Study of Addiction
Addiction Science Network: Biological Basis of Addiction
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Addiction Today   (organization devoted to "Reclaiming Lives for Life")   
Pharmacy Help Substance Abuse Resource Guide
Recovery Helper (info to aid recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism) 
Addiction and Your Faith Community (from Unitarian Universalist authors, read complete pamphlet)
Rehab Recovery (link to website of acclaimed free addiction service in the UK) 
Treatment Improvement Protocols ("best practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse" from SAMHSA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Nicotine Addiction Report
National Institute on Drug Abuse: for Teens, The Science Behind Drug Abuse
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (non-profit  "working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world")
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Alcohol Research & Health Publications
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Addiction and Substance Abuse Popular Programs (links to UCTV programs)
Addiction Group informational web guide ("created for people struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), alcohol use disorders (AUD), and co-occurring mental health disorder"
Briefing: Fentanyl Epidemic Still Getting Worse (from The Economist March 2 2024)
America’s Approach to Addiction Has Gone Off the Rails by Sam Quinones (from The Atlantic June 1 2023)
Fentanyl Awareness (from US Drug Enforcement Agency, Dec 2022)
U.S. opioid crisis hit a deadly peak in 2022 but also perhaps a turning point (from NPR, Dec 31 2022)
Social media platforms face pressure to stop online drug dealers who target kids (from NPR, Jan 26 2023)
Breaking Nicotine’s Powerful Draw by Andrew Jacobs (from The New York Times August 2 2022)
“In a meth underground on Facebook and Zoom, users find drugs and endless parties”    (from NBC News March 14 2022)
"There is life after addiction. Most people recover" by Brian Mann (from NPR Jan 15 2022)
“Are Video Games Addictive?” (article from The Economist January 1 2022)
Illegal Drug Trade / Latin America gang activity (report from The Economist January 1 2022)
"Drug Overdose Deaths, Fueled by Fentanyl, Hit Record High in U.S" by Jon Kamp and Julie Wernau"  (from Wall Street Journal Nov 17 2021)

"Canada's Drug Laws: High Stakes"  (report from The Economist July 24 2021)

Empire of Pain by Patrick Keefe  (book review about opioids in America in The Economist May 15 2021)
Under Our Roof  by Madeleine Dean (memoir by congresswoman and her son about addiction is basis for PBS News Hour story Feb 17 2021)
The Opioid Epidemic –as bad as ever (report in The Economist January 2 2021)
“The New American Addiction: How Juul Hooked Kids and Ignited a Public Health Crisis”  by Jamie DuCharme (Time magazine September 30 2019)
"Illegal Drugs: Life or Meth" (article from The Economist June 17 2017)
Nicotine by Gregor Hens (book review by Dwight Garner Jan 10 2017 The New York Times)
"An addiction crisis along ‘the backbone of America’" by Joel Achenbach  (Dec 30 2016 Washington Post article) 
"We Found Joy: An Addict Struggles To Get Treatment" ( opioid addiction related NPR story May 5 2016)  

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones (book review by Matt Pearce of this 2015 book; LA Times April, 2015)

"Smoking in Pregnancy--Huffing and Puffing" (article from The Economist April 4 2015)
"Scientists Probe 'Sex Addict' Brains" by James Gallagher (BBC News story July 11, 2014)
"The Addiction Paradox" by Bruce Bower (cover story from Science News March 22 2014)
"Drug Addiction in Iran: The Other Religion" (article in The Economist Aug 17 2013)
The Fix by Damian Thompson (review of book about "epidemic of addiction" in The Economist June 2012)
"Painkiller Sales Soar Around US, Fuel Addiction" (April 4 2012 article from The Seattle Times)
"Nearly 20% of Lung Cancer Patients Keep Smoking" by John Leighty (April 8 2011 news report)
"Can You Get Hooked on Diet Soda?" by Denise Mann (March 2011 story posted on CNN) 
"Yale Study--Some People Suffer from Food Addiction" by Christine Stomes (April 2011 news item)
"Smoking Explains Why Americans Don't Live Longer" by Maggie Fox (Jan 25 2011 news story)
How We Get Addicted, by Michael Lemonick (from July 16, 2007 issue of Time magazine)
This is Your Brain on Food (Scientific American article about the neurological basis of food addictions)
Hooked From the First Cigarette, by Joseph R. DiFranza (May, 2008 Scientific American article)
The Caffeine Habit, by Sanjay Gupta  (September 20, 2007  Time article)
Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, by Martin Torgoff  (book review on Drug Policy Alliance website)
The Ultimate Guide to Relapse Prevention (more on this 2016 book from Ocean Recovery Center)
The Biochemistry of Human Addiction
The Biological Mechanisms of Addiction
Mental Health and Addiction (links to articles provided by Jennifer Woodson)
National Council on Problem Gambling
The Good Drugs Guide (website providing a "guide to drugs, addiction, and treatment")
Gambling Addiction (includes self tests to assess problem, from Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery)
Gambler's Anonymous (hope for those addicted to gambling)
Problem Gambling and Addiction 
"The Ultimate Guide to Gambling Addiction" (2016 article by addiction worker Paul Clarke)
"Guide to Video Game Addiction" article
Addiction to Shopping
Prescription Painkiller Addiction
Sexual Addiction Articles
Crisis (2021 film about opioid addiction problem, from online encyclopedia)
quotes related to addiction

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.