Judith Grisel, PhD, an addiction expert, recounts her first taste of alcohol – drinking wine – at the age of 13, in a way that could describe any teenager’s experience.
“I felt as Eve should have after tasting the apple. Or as a bird hatched in a cage would feel upon being unexpectedly set free,” Dr. Grisel vividly recalls in her book Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction. “The drug provided physical relief and spiritual antidote for the persistent restlessness I’d been unable to identify or share … alcohol provided powerful subconscious recognition of my desperate strivings for self-acceptance and existential purpose and my inability to negotiate a complex world of relationships, fears, and hopes.”
Drinking or using other drugs can provide “an easy way through the difficulty of growing up” and…