Re: Trading an Addiction for another
"Addiction" is a seriously OVERused word these days, oftentimes as a replacement for "Preference".
For sure, there is real chemical/brain addiction, as in binge drinkers who absolutely cannot stop drinking until they fall down unconscious or heroin users dead on the couch.
And social/psychological addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
There is also the use of pharmaceuticals to adjust and improve brain chemistry: ritalin, etc. for properly diagnosed ADHD people;
antidepressants for the truly depressed;
lithium for managing the intensity of manic episodes.
In the recent and long past, our culture and FDA have only approved pharmaceuticals for the cure of illness, physical and mental.
Now, we and the FDA are opening up to research and approval of pharmaceuticals for the "improvement" of life, physical, mental, sexual, etc.
The legalization of marijuana is part of this shift. While anything can be psychologically addictive (chocolate, pizza, marijuana) in certain people, they are not necessarily addictive in all people, and rarely "physically" addictive like alcohol, heroin, speed, etc.
Sorting this all out is going to be interesting.