My thoughts on the matter....opinions, maybe not facts

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Posted by Tim M ( on November 08, 2000 at 12:12:28:

In Reply to: It's not the narcotics, Jackie posted by Margi on November 08, 2000 at 10:22:39:

I've been coming to this board virtually every day for the last year and a half- to two years. I could back-track in the archives to be more specific, but I don't want to. As Margi said, which goes along with the "addictive personality" post below, many people are very protective of this site, and not particularly tolerant of those who "don't belong", for a variety of reasons, whether they may not really have CH, whether or not they believe in any medication at all, or if they "push" a certain medication that may not be helpful to but a few of us.
I'm not sure whether it is a construct of the "addictive personality" or not, but whenever someone finds something that works for him/her, there is a tendency to try to sell it to everyone, and to think less of those who aren't buying, for whatever reason. It may be human nature. For many substance addicts, AA or NA saved their lives. It follows, then, that they come to believe that AA or NA is the ONLY way to give up the addiction. Those that quit on their own, or by other means, are often seen as not "really"
over the addiction. I'm only using the AA analogy to make a point. There are many others, such as psychotherapy to cure depression, drugs to cure depression. This drug or that drug to treat Cluster Headaches. Groups to get out of Abusive relationships, groups to treat sexual abuse survivors, OUCH, whatever it may be. Although we all, or most of us, anyway, believe intellectually in diversity among us, I think that we have to work at behaving as if we believe it. I see many people here singing the song of brother- and sister- hood, but acceptance of brothers and sisters who may do it differently is not always a "given".
That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

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