- Title: The Fix
- Author: Damian Thompson
- ISBN: 9780007436088
- Page: 453
- Format: Hardcover
Addictions to iphones, painkillers, cupcakes, alcohol and sex are taking over our lives Our most casual daily habits can quickly become obsessions that move beyond our control Damian Thompson, who has himself struggled with a range of addictions, argues that human desire is in the process of being reshaped Shunning the concept of addiction as disease, he shows how manufAddictions to iphones, painkillers, cupcakes, alcohol and sex are taking over our lives Our most casual daily habits can quickly become obsessions that move beyond our control Damian Thompson, who has himself struggled with a range of addictions, argues that human desire is in the process of being reshaped Shunning the concept of addiction as disease, he shows how manufacturers are producing substances like ipads, muffins and computer games that we learn to like too much and supplement tradition addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling He argues that addictive behaviour is becoming a substitute for family and work bonds that are being swept away by globalisation and urbanisation This battle to control addiction will soon overshadow familiar ideological debates about how to run the economy, and as whole societies set about fixing themselves, the architecture of human relations will come under strain as never before.
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The main argument is that addiction is getting worse because we are getting better at developing things we desire (regardless of whether we want to desire them or not). If you read this book, it should be for the discussion around addiction to things that aren't street drugs: iPhones, cupcakes, gaming, porn, shopping, and prescriptions for drugs that don't treat a disease. If you want to learn about the science behind addiction, effectiveness of different treatments, or street drugs, there are m [...]
INTRODUCTORY COMMENTSGiven the seriousness of its subject matter, it might seem insensitive to joke that I couldn’t put this book down, but in truth The Fix is a highly readable account of the hydra-headed reality of contemporary addiction. Author Damian Thompson, a journalist with a PhD in sociology, and himself a former alcoholic, describes with disarming candour the ‘addictive desires’ to which he is subject, and which he believes are far more common than most of us would like to admit. [...]
Author Damian Thompson is a recovering alcoholic and also someone who doesn't buy the addiction as illness route. Though I have no expertise or reason to totally disregard that addiction might be the result of illness, I found that Thompson does make some really good points.One is that with most diseases, you don't have the option of quitting (of course, having said that, if addiction is a symptom, then it may well be that the root cause is something that can't be quit/cured). Second, he marks o [...]
The increasingly accepted notion of addiction as a disease is both compelling and controversial. However this author's muddied thesis seems neither to subscribe to this theory nor dismiss it out of hand; he instead seems to be admonishing society to regulate its appetites for its own sake, or simply to be chronicling the many and myriad substances and activities that people today commonly enjoy on habitual bases.He lists the many alleged ills that result from the constant repetition of dopamine- [...]
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The cover of this book contains no author credentials, no "by the author of", and no author's blurbs. If it weren't for the lovely design on the front, it would have all the ear-marks of being questionable. However, according to , Damian Thompson is a journalist with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religion. Does this make him as qualified to talk about addiction as, say, a neurologist or an evolutionary psychologist or an addictions expert? Probably not. However, Thompson has some personal experien [...]
The Fix by Damian Thompson The cover says it all – How addiction is taking over your world. At first glance it is not alarming, after all, I don’t smoke, do no drugs and am only an occasional taster of wine. So it can’t be me. But wait!! What is addiction in the widest sense? That is where the book takes us on an alarming journey through modern life. Addiction need not be drugs, it is the process reflected in many aspects of living, which progressively erodes the quality of life and enslav [...]
"The Fix" offers an up-close look at addictions, changing the reader's perception of what that word really even means. "Addicts" are not just those dependent on alcohol, gambling, or hard drugs. No. Think cupcakes, television, checking Facebook, checking your hair, shopping, Vicodin, pornography, strip clubs, coffee, sugary scones every morning with breakfast, the list goes on, all these things and more able to foster real addictions. Thompson challenges the Alcoholics Anonymous-spawned idea, th [...]
Pretty interesting read. It did not feel like the basic concept was something too foregin, however it did capture everything in a pretty nice package.
When more and more doctors, scientists and the leader of the National Institute on Drug Abuse are declaring that substance abuse is a disease, it couldn't be a more useful time to read The Fix by Damian Thompson, himself a former alcoholic and substance abuser.Thompson is a writer for the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, and when The Fix was published, a book that refuses to bow to the disease model, instead reminding us of the power of free will andchoice, he was not a popular man.There [...]
Journalist Damian Thompson draws on his own experiences as an alcoholic to examine how addiction and compulsive behaviour are becoming ingrained in modern society. He questions the medicalisation of addiction and debunks the quasi-religious "12-Step" programme devised by Alcoholics Anonymous - and taken up by other addiction help groups and the medical parasites that make their careers from it. Put simply, if addiction is a disease, how come its sufferers can cure themselves simply by choosing n [...]
The legend on the book cover asks ‘Check your Blackberry a little too often? Does your morning not begin unless you’re armed with your latte gripped tightly in hand?’As someone who feels like their arm has been amputated if her Blackberry is out of reach and whose workday always starts with getting out the cafetiere when she arrives at work, I thought that this book would give me some insight into what was going on inside my head.Damian Thompson has carried out what appears to be a very th [...]
Each chapter of this book deals with an addiction, some of which I never even thought of as being problematic to society. The one that caught my attention most was the addiction to sugar in our generation and the long-term, harmful effects the sweet substance has on our health. This is something which is increasingly being brought to our attention in the media. Obvious addictions, like smoking, also have a designated chapter. Less obvious are an addiction to cupcakes and iPods. No matter the kin [...]
Sociological exploration into addiction. Not so much answering what is addiction or how to solve it, but moreso exploring its attributes in the context of today, oftentimes using very relevant examples of the iphone, cupcake rage and Vicodin to move the conversation forward. He pushes us to think about addiction beyond historical medical views; how we are all privy to mass producing addiction. How does today's world (smart technology meets consumer) play into addictive behavior? How does our pre [...]
I picked this up as it was reviewed favourably by The Economist. Its central message it is how it is unhelpful to describe addiction as a disease more than a lack of willpower over what is now the endless availability of temptation - internet pornography is one of the examples he uses.Further to this he says that substance use allows us to replace relationships with people for relationships with objects, be they drugs, cream cakes or the latest iThing.I get the impression he is rather concerned [...]
Very interesting book. Well-written, a bit provocative, not heavy on the science, but fascinating to anyone interested in how humans behave when offered so many choices -- choices in what to watch on our various electronic devices, what pills to take and why, what to drink and when, what to eat and when to stop, how to medicate our children who don't pay attention in class, etc. The author is a Brit, but he writes from an international point of view, so I believe the information he presents is r [...]
In The Fix, Damian Thompson, a former addict and a sociologist, explores many aspects of addiction and society. He touches on the more familiar addictions - drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography, but also the less obvious ones - cupcakes and sugar, online social gaming such as FarmVille, technology and iPhones, prescription medication, social media, and so on. He discusses in detail how, as a society, we are becoming more and more at risk - "what I hope this book has illustrated is the direct [...]
The author's point is that modern society's combination of high stress and availability of addictive activities has overwhelmed our primitive pleasure centers and made addiction an epidemic, which is bad and getting worse. The creepiest part of this book is the discussion of how major corporations hire people who are experts on the causes of addiction to make their products more addictive. I don't agree with everything the author says. At times he seems to be advocating a new puritainism, i.e. a [...]
Rather weak. While there is a good chunk of this book that is certainly interesting - its look at why the twelve-step program is crap, for example - the failure to understand scientific research which surrounds it is deeply dissatisfying. A case in point: performing repetitive actions and/or attempting (or even considering!) performing actions based on recent gameplay is put forward as evidence of game addiction, rather than what it is, brains adapting to recent stimuli in a way that makes sense [...]
Drawn to this book having read a review by Max Pemberton in The Sunday Telegraph who says "Thompson - a former alcoholic and addict himself - refused to kowtow to the disease model of addiction and for that alone, I wholeheartedly applaud him. He eloquently argues that the "disease model" of addiction has been borrowed from 80-year-old doctrine underpinning the AA 12 steps and heavily influenced by the religious dogma of evangelical Christianity." I have quite an internal reaction to this quotat [...]
Fascinating analysis of the addictive forces in modern society, and the powerful interests for whom getting consumers addicted to their products is a matter of balance-sheet policy. Many insights, of which the most valuable are the way that people are evolutionarily hard wired to 'want' more than to 'enjoy' what their desires have achieved, and how the path of addiction is to replace people with objects.
This is an interesting book. The author is a recovering alcoholic, and he argues that our society is becoming increasingly addictive: internet games and gambling, sugar, and porn as well as the more obvious drugs and alcohol. He has his own views about addiction, which is typical given it is a subject that seems to support a very divergent range of theories of cause and cure. It's worth a read.
I wanted the author to go in to more depth in to some of the topics - it felt like theories were introduced but then he hopped on to another bit of research and it didn't get deep enough in to any one theory to be satisfying (to me) -- but then again, maybe he was creating a 'fix' for more information? I liked that his sources were cited at the back for further reading/inquiry.
I'm not sure how this got onto my to read list. Some interesting observations, but I'm not entirely sure what the point was. Also, it is very startling to see Milo Yiannopolis quoted as a neutral journalist.
Found this to be poorly written and researched. Feels like a puffed out newspaper article. It is written in superficial journalese, focuses on the author's personal addiction to alcohol addiction and is very very boring.
This is a book stuffed with intricate details about alchohol, drug and porn addiction. Loved the way the author explained the concept of addiction and how people are getting addicted to common electronic gadgets and food stuff inadvertently.
Beautifully written by a journalist I will always read, whatever subject he's tackling. This is a well-researched and down to earth airing of addictions, large and small. Anyone who's had a child - or indeed any loved one - with problems should read it.
Interesting take on addiction as well as a various spectrum on types of addictions in the 21st century.
Thompson insists that addiction is not a disease. It's not clear, however, what it is. He looks at the various ways in which people exhibit addictive behaviour, but doesn't offer any new insights.
A lifetime fix that costs you only £14.99. The author has covered all aspects of life that we never imagined can lead to addiction some day. A wonderful gift to the society from Damian
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