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The nature of addiction is at best difficult for many to understand Not until recently within the last 20 years has addiction been recognized as an illness requiring intense treatment and therapy The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson would be read today as an analysis of addiction The behaviors examined in the story convey the psychological and physical affects associated with addiction such as reasons for use the transformation of Dr Jekyll as the drug begins to take hold the loss of control and other symptoms linked to addiction As this story unfolds it details numerous examples of these addictive behaviors that are well know today but were not understood during the time the story takes place In the story Dr Jekyll a well respected intelligent scientist becomes tormented by what he sees as two personalities fighting for dominance within him however in reality it is a battle of chemical dependency Although the reasons for drug use are wide and varied through out time there have been many number of scientists who have fallen victims to their own mind altering potions in the name of science Dr Timothy Leary the creator of the mind altering substance LSD is a perfect example of how a doctor under the guise of science becomes an addict Dr Jekyll is no exception to this rule Dr Jekyll devises a mind altering potion in order to delve into his own psyche and as a result he becomes addicted to the very method he uses in his experiment The initial premise for Jekylls experimentation with the libation is a result of his life long curiosity that he has with the nature of good and evil as it applies to man Jekyll writes I reached years of reflection and began to look around me and take stock of my progress and positioning the world I was driven to reflect deeply
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