The modern trend is addiction; alcohol, drugs, food or behaviour; the effect is mental illness. I know there are those who have made exhaustive research of the subject and I'm not taking anything away from their achievements. With due respects, I'm just placing issues to map pathways in my Social Relations.
First, those who suffer from classic forms of mental illness such as bi-polar or schizophrenia are not the topic of mental illness discussed in here. Nonetheless, there may well be a connection between symptoms such as stress and depression or mood swing.
Addicts according to me also suffer from mental illness characterised by cravings, selfishness, stress, depression, mood swings, violence and crime. It is classified mental illness because the logical reasoning of the mind is subdue to heightened instincts offset by the powerful drive to satisfy a fix.
Because the reasoning portion of the mind is subdue by powerful emotions, the addict is not able to reason his/her action. Although the addict would have known for some time his/her addiction may lead to criminal activities to obtain a fix or tendency to violent outbursts when failing to score a fix, he/she continues to feed his/her addiction. And the rest of the symptoms follow isolation, depression, mood swing and so on. So addict to me is an illness.
Addiction is one of the major issues thriving in Material Subjectivism. It is a capitalistic sector in the organisation of the means of sustaining life. I make the claim in here that addiction is a ground up development.
It is the result of indulgence in an additive substance or behaviour associated with good feelings and excitement. So in times of boredom and isolation, one feels the need for excitement thus seek to score a fix. Frequent practise of this behaviour is training feelings and emotions to respond with good feelings and excitement to the addictive substance. And soon enough, the substance takes over the individuals feelings. And so in times of boredom and isolation, the body craves for excitement thus he/she seeks to score a fix.
There are structural reasons why the addict is static at the material subjective layer of reality. One is economic; that is the capture and maintenance of a consumer population. The other is the result of Information Technology that is; the availability of A.I. and its algorithm that have plugged individuals to a virtual world away from the social functions of their mind.
The addiction pattern is repeated in here when the need to socialise is not only selfish but also overwhelms the reasonable portion of the mind. The individual plugs into the matrix to satisfy a desire in socialising with other avatars on fake news, popular fashion, dreaming and scaremongering.
And so it seems that addiction is developed by repetitions of habits, a learned behaviour. If repetitious habits and behaviour also result with the creation of cells, and these ground up cells evolve to overwhelm cells of normal thinking, then the organism is seized by heightened instincts and desires. And the mind is overwhelmed and redundant. In the long run, the mind is corrupt by the ground up evolution to think in ways of supporting the habit.
And here it seems the mind is just a functional tool and not a judge. It processes whatever input; from the top down of pure principles or from ground up of material subjectivism. So it might be a good balance to have a stock of pure principles to counter balance the ground up onslaught. Well, positive and objective ideas also result with the creation of top down cells. And the war between good and evil is fought in the genes.
I have suggested in elsewhere that to restore the function of the mind is to reverse or unlearn the habit in a therapy. And that may require the addict to stay away from the matrix until the mind is in full mode. But by loading up stocks of value principles and a healthy diet may help balance the mind.
You see, there is nothing wrong with the matrix but individuals tend to engage in self-indulgence of material subjectivism causing an imbalance.
It is therefore possible to enjoy so much material subjectivism without being addicted. And that is the role of the Social Organisation of the economy. It is the top down organisation that can balance social behaviour.
So here's three options: one; with the digital layer or matrix in place of the social, the ground up indulgence in material subjectivism therefore addiction and mental illness. Two; the top down approach without the digital layer therefore wellbeing. And three; a natural balance where individuals choose for themselves but are responsible for their own decisions.
Well, the first or material layer is probably the most profitable but the consequences could be expensive on families and services. It requires a safety net where the treatment centre is in the community and not inside prison. The second option is the social and the top down approach while it's the healthiest. But it would always have repels among materialists claiming their freedom to be addicted. The third is probably where the consensus lies although business parties would prefer a captured consumer population among criminals.