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Post by prinjeh18 »

Nice question! My observation is they are hurting themselves out of self denial. Though, they did it to cope their bad situation, still it is not just the reason alone to do so.
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Post by LaurenHaupt »

It's a relief from reality. Gives you a break from worrying about things that are really going on.
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Post by Stanley Ann »

Addiction to drug and substance abuse serves as a balm of healing emotional feelings of people in this story.
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Post by Bukari »

I have two opinions of this topic, the first one is that people who are addicted to substances can get redemption or hope which could help them overcome their addiction. On the other side, people who are psychologically weak could also endulge themselves into substance abuse if they careless.
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Post by msomigreat »

the exploration of drug abuse in the book is of critical importance. with a high number of youths and adults as well hooked up in the trait, an overview of how someone can get him/herself out of the vice is greatly welcome.
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Post by crediblereading2 »

Addiction is a weakness that many persons face. They don't want to deal with challenges, therefore, they find a comfort zone to relax their minds.
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Post by Anthony Martial Tata »

I don't believe in the science that drug and substance abuse may help on soothening a person scars. Drug abuse is bad.
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Post by Telo_2018 »

Addiction or substance abuse is a good theme to be found in novels. This is a social phenomenon or problem facing mankind, which makes many people out there vulnerable. Adding this scenario in the novel makes the story more engaging.
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Post by mtsnel006 »

Yes, substance use or abuse has a huge impact on ones consciousness and their state of mind. Their user might feel like they are in control and in charge of their lives. They might express the self that they have only dream of in their minds, and so that feeling of being in the situation, makes them go over and over again into attaining it by abusing drugs, so I think.
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Post by kushiliz »

Gary Robinson grew up in family that not stable so his mother used to drink so that she may forget the poverty
Gary saw the situation of his mother and so him taking the alcohol no one can tell him to stop .and he knows that's right.
Both the mother and child have damaged their life with alcohol. they have become addicted
They do that to cope with the situation they are living with
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Post by Cher432 »

Addiction was definitely a central theme in the book as both of the main characters were defined by their addictions, which affected their lives negatively.
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Post by grace8031 »

Addition is a disease itself. The dependency of medicine to go on with live thinking you can't without them. Duke is no different alcohol was his escape route from reality . The short memory gap from his troubles was everything he was looking up to.
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Post by Bavithra M »

In my opinion the role of addiction in the book was only to pass on a good message to readers to stay away from drugs. This book only potrays the ill-effects of drugs and drug users
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Post by Kishor Rao »

Being an alcoholic and drug addict led Duke to the life which he finds himself in. After seeing Gary in the same situation as his, Duke comes forward to help him out. That's why I think the alcohol and the drugs become an important part of the book.
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Post by Radiant3 »

Addiction and substance abuse were central themes of the novel. Gary was addicted to alcohol and it ruined a large part of his life. Duke was addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol at different times of his life. Both had a destructive effect on aspects of his life. His addiction to alcohol destroyed his marriage and family life. Although, he did not go into detail about it, he did mention this to Gary.
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