Deconstructing Dinner / Deconstructing Abstinence

I have of late been doing a lot of research into what and how I feed, and nourish, my family. I came across this podcast which is actually quite well done. If reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” doesn’t do it for you, listening to “Deconstructing Dinner” will definitely give you an education into what we eat.

Honestly, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that vital services, such as medical treatment and our food supply, are much too important to be left to the mega-corporations, with their goal of profits first.

Tonight however, I am too tired to get into long discourses on the dangers of industrial food. Tonight was group night and I am truly weary. I’m struggling with myself as to what my “goal” should be: abstinence or recreational use. You think the answer might be obvious, but it’s not to me. I have an idea of what I “should” do (abstain completely), but that is coupled with an intense distrust of any and all statements that begin with the word “should.” For now, social smoking of pot is acceptable, but I think I need to hold firm on the “no buying, no smoking alone” rule. Everyone tells me that once a person has used in an addictive manner that it is “extremely rare” to go back to casual use.

I’m no stranger to the uncommon and unusual, so I’ll take my chances, for now. There is room for a set period of abstinence, but I am quite loathe to committing to an ongoing, never-ending abstinence. So there. Nyah. Hmph.

2 thoughts on “Deconstructing Dinner / Deconstructing Abstinence

  1. Although I could write a lengthy critical essay on the medical model of addiction, my primary response to your immediate concern is to emphasize that “extremely rare” is not “impossible” and knowing your own boundaries (as you outline) is key. I think the most important thing is to address the underlying need motivating the addictive pattern. Changing the external behaviour is one approach, one aspect of making lasting change toward better health all round, but it’s not the only part. Becoming aware of and taking compassionate care of those needs is essential. I would love to have an in-person conversation with you on this topic some day. :^)

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