Addiction or Excuse?

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Addiction or Excuse?

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/abandon-all-responsibility-ye-who-are-hooked-on-sex-addiction/story-e6frg6z6-1226076604383

"At its worst even a violent crime such as rape can be represented as a consequence of sex addiction. Recently a court in Adelaide was told that a man who committed a series of rapes there and in Western Australia had sought treatment for his sexual addiction and, according to a psychological report, was now a "different person".

But the problem with the recycling of bad habits and degrading behaviour as medical problems is not simply that of failing to hold people to account for the consequences of their actions. Yes, a lot of people - including celebrities such as Keith Urban, Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, Lindsay Lohan - can represent themselves as victims of addiction rather than as lecherous and self-regarding individuals.

The real problem is the message that the diseasing of human behaviour sends to all of us. The fashionable label of an addictive personality encourages people to fatalistically acquiesce to their worst instincts. Addicts are portrayed as victims of circumstances beyond their control: they are literally counselled to accept powerlessness as the defining feature of their existence. Sexaholics Anonymous Australia mimics the 12-step approach of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first step that a sex addict takes on the road to sexual sobriety is to admit that "we were powerless over lust".

So what does everyone think? Do you feel the powerlessness touted by the recovery movement hinders or helps? Are we all in control over our own behavior or are we victims of our own biological whims and/or mental constructs and therefore not responsible for our behaviors? And how would a victim of a crime feel if the perpetrator got off due to "addiction"?

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Give me a break! That's a total excuse for breaking the law! Oh geez... let's let off all of the murderers because they have an anger problem. Let's free all of the child molesters because they have a "problem" and they need help. I'm sorry, I don't care what the excuse is, it's just a way to get off for doing something horrible. That's just like the ridiculous "Twinkie defense" that Dan White's defense attorneys used to pretty much get him off for murdering Harvey Milk and the mayor of San Francisco. They said he ate a lot of junk food the night before and it messed with his brain. Instead of being sentanced for first degree double murders, he was sentanced to voluntary manslaughter and only served 5 years for MURDERING TWO PEOPLE! And it was premeditated!

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Give me a break! That's a total excuse for breaking the law! Oh geez... let's let off all of the murderers because they have an anger problem. Let's free all of the child molesters because they have a "problem" and they need help. I'm sorry, I don't care what the excuse is, it's just a way to get off for doing something horrible. That's just like the ridiculous "Twinkie defense" that Dan White's defense attorneys used to pretty much get him off for murdering Harvey Milk and the mayor of San Francisco. They said he ate a lot of junk food the night before and it messed with his brain. Instead of being sentanced for first degree double murders, he was sentanced to voluntary manslaughter and only served 5 years for MURDERING TWO PEOPLE! And it was premeditated!

Totally agree! What is world coming to when people get away with violent crimes and then blame addiction and get off! It's the entitlement mindset where no one wants to take responsibility for their actions. It's insane and sad.