Addiction and the Criminal system

An addict breaking into someone’s house is analogous to an Alzheimer patient breaking into a house under a misconception.

The area of addiction has been located in the brain and has been proven to be genetically transferred.

Yes, people can and have overcome addition, but ask yourself, what motivates one person to sober up and move on with their life over another? Predispositions take many forms and encompass all aspects of our life.

Given that all actions arise from the brain, and the brain is under the constraints of nature, it can only be reasonable that we recognize our lack of control. There needs to be a complete revision of the justice system in this regard. Criminals need to be treated as patients rather than as evil.

-AB

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  5 comments for “Addiction and the Criminal system

  1. eyeontheuniverse
    July 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Yes and no. Just because behaviors are partially determined by genetics doesn’t mean that they are wholly determined. Social stigma, separation and fear are all motivators that work on a large number of people. Unless you can find that these are not significant or detrimental they still need to be included in the system, even while adding medical approaches.

    • July 9, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Excellent point you made. But, I disagree. I believe that behaviors are entirely determined. The environmental factors that you mentioned such as social stigma, separation, and fear are received by people differently depending on their genetic make-up and previous experiences.

      The key question is why does one person react to an environmental factor one way and someone else reacts another way. It’s a collaboration of past experiences and genetic make-up. Which, in my opinion leaves no room for free-will.

      There will be another post regarding this, in which I will go much more in depth.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • eyeontheuniverse
        July 9, 2014 at 2:33 am

        I don’t believe in free will either (at least not libertarian free will) and also think it is all entirely determined. You could add the word “determined” at the end of my first sentence, but I, perhaps mistakenly, didn’t think it necessary. My point was merely that even in a deterministic system, deterrence and containment still have a role.

      • July 9, 2014 at 2:39 am

        I most definitely think that deterrence and containment is still necessary. I apologize if my post was confusing regarding that. I simply believe that the notion that criminals are “in control” and authors of their actions instead of puppets of nature should be recognized. Murderers should go to jail, but the school of thought that they are “responsible” as we see it, should be changed in my opinion. This is why I suggest they be viewed as patients. Rehabilitation being jail.

      • eyeontheuniverse
        July 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        Agreed. But I guess the emphasis to me seems different. We are all puppets and of numerous causes…and the human consciousness is, like every other influence, itself as much a ’cause’ as anything else.

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