Letters to the editor
Addiction types and theories
Oct 16, 2013 / 3:17 pm
I read Giovanni Videtto's piece on Castanet related to addiction types and theories about causation. I think his argument would have been stronger if he had included feminist research and analysis.
Although he alluded to family/ psychological/spiritual suffering, I think he missed am important opportunity to educate the general public about some huge causal factors related to addiction- the use of food, gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex, and so on as a survival method to numb the pain from childhood sexual and physical abuse and poverty.
In over 25 years of practice and teaching in social work, I have yet to meet an "addict' who has not experienced childhood trauma. This means much more than the limited notion of "chaotic families". What he has left out in his work is the impact of racism, sexism, ableism, poverty, etc, which is differentially experienced and purposely targeted at particular marginalized groups - women, the poor, First Nations peoples, and so on, under patriarchal and capitalist regimes.
By ignoring mezzo and macro level pieces in his assessment, he misses important pieces of the puzzle which then limits intervention and helping possibilities to micro level, individualized, and victim blaming approaches.
Dr. Susan Hillock
School of Social Work
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