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“Addicts were the lepers of the twentieth century, it seemed.”
“Our counselling was based on the conviction that life held an ultimate meaning, and that this was knowable by any individual who was prepared to seek it out.”
“... it is self-interest which is the bondage of the addict. The addict is not just in bondage to the demands of the chemical substance, as was demonstrated by detoxification from its effects. The true boundage was the addiction to a lifestyle of impotence — even at the price of its accompanying self-loathing. It was not just the drug-free life which was empty; it was also the inner self. It was not just the drug-free life which was without meaning; it was the inner self which was devoid of values.”
Meg Patterson, English surgeon
(1922 - 2002)
Full name: Margaret A. Patterson.