"But let's keep it simple. Let's imagine that the way he learned to ride a normal bike all those years is like learning an addictive mental habit. It became ingrained. When he wanted to shuck that habit, he couldn't. It was too well learned."
"If you've spent even a small amount of time in the trenches of substance abuse treatment, you know what goes into it. It's not a matter of treating just the drug or even the drug-specific behaviors; addiction is like a hydra, with different snarling heads burrowing into every aspect of a patient's existence. In essence, drug treatment becomes a matter of treating someone's life: work, family, living conditions, diet, and so on. "
"I am going to OA meetings again. It is really simple; we addicts just like to complicate things. Addiction is like Whac-A-Mole, and once you get one into recovery another one pops up. "
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.