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Abbey of Thelema on Fox

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Abbey of Thelema on Fox (Part 2)
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 19:42:58 GMT

Fairy Princess wrote:
> Fate's Knight wrote:
> > HareChia wrote:
> >
> > > WT Joyce wrote:
> > >
> > > <<>I don't know about this of Dr's then,  certainly not now, 
> > > > prescribing Heroin for respiratory ailments as one of the side 
> > > > affects of Heroin, as Morphine,  is that it surpresses the 
> > > > respiratory tract.  I believe that Crowley took Heroin because 
> > > > he was, let's face it,  a junkie;  even though a infamous and 
> > > > brillant one at that.
> > >
> > > We use Morphine to soothe the respiratory distress of the 
> > > dying. There are all sorts of junkies.... An addiction 
> > > doesn't define a human being, however.
> >
> > Deal with a heroin junkie trying to get a fix for a full day. 
> > Heroin defines that person.
> Is it that bad, an addiction??

My uncle was a heroin junkie. In my experience, while the drug did not
"define" him as a person, heroin addiction certainly "defined" and
limited a major portion of his interactions with the world. In other
words, yes, addiction is "that bad." 

As far as i know, Crowley was a flat-out opiod addict for most of his
life, although he made a few attempts to clean up and stay off the stuff
for a few weeks or months at a time. (One of those episodes he recounted
in detail: he described being in his early 50s and totally sexually
impotent and going on a health regimen to regain his sex drive). 

Crowley did not just use doctor-prescribed heroin (a synthetic form of
opium) -- he also took laudanum (an alcoholic tincture of opium) and
morphine (another opium compound). He may have also smoked straight
opium resin. These seriously addictive substances are used somewhat
interchangeably by addicts when they experience fluctuations in the
supply of their preferred form of opioid, and Crowley's usage of them
all indicates to me that he was a junkie and not a casual user.    
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