By Gary Winship

'Why will we take medications? i have not the faintest thought, yet Gary Winship has a damned strong pass at telling me the reply. a few may well say it is a principally educational booklet, yet as an ex-psychiatric nurse and a Jo Public for the final twenty-five years, i might say there is something in right here for everybody. we now have all taken medicinal drugs at some point soon in our lives (except, possibly, my grandma) so a method to determine why is by way of interpreting this attention-grabbing book.'- Jo model, comedian, writer, and actress

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In many cases the renouncement has been predicated by an existential crisis or significant loss of some description. The same might be said of people’s trajectory when they give up drugs, that is to say, it is often prompted by some calamity or other. In the aftermath of drug and religious cessation there is a crisis of identity. For example, when people give up their repetitious acts of self-harm, they are led to ask, if I am not a drug user, then who am I? The same is said in the aftermath of giving up religion: if I am not a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew, then who am I?

The extent of this imprint is yet to be fully comprehended. Horowitz (1957) asked the question as to what might be “the specific mechanisms, the forms evolved for coping with the threat of world conflagration” (p. 2). Perhaps we need look no further than the global drug epidemic. C R E AT I O N M Y T H S A N D B R E A S T J U N K I E S 21 It strikes me that there may be an axiom about the massive escalation in the conspirators of illusion that are either manifest in drug or religious fundamentalism.

Religion becomes a subtle but powerful weapon of terror. It may be that we are too close to the horrors of modernity to fully assess what we have become; it may only be in generations hence that historians can truly unpick the terrible wonders of creation and destruction in the twentieth century. Creation myths The film Gridlock’d (1997), directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, follows the escapades of two New York heroin addicts and their attempt to join a methadone-maintenance programme. The film is an apocryphal tale that captures something essential about the discourse of drug rehabilitation in the later twentieth century.

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