The Root of all Addictions Revealed

Understand this and you’re half way transforming yours

Lucien Lecarme
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4 min readSep 3, 2022


Photo by Michael Putland

Roxy music singer Brian Ferry has been a fierce addict during his career.

He was a slave, according to the root meaning of the word addiction. A slave to music, women, sex and drugs. That’s why he probably wrote Don’t stop the Dance.

When you’re addicted, you don’t want the high to end.

Grace Jones was an addict too. She was a slave to the rhythm.

You can argue they had a positive addiction. They got hooked on something healthy. To music, rhythm and dance. Like thousands of other rock stars and eighties and nineties hero’s on posters in teen’s bedrooms.

Precisely what made them addicts?

What makes you applicable is that you suffer long-term consequences according this definition from expert Gabor Mate:

…an addiction manifests in any behavior that a person finds temporary pleasure or relief in and therefore craves, suffers negative consequences from, and has trouble giving up — Dr. Gabor Mate

Brian Ferry struggled most of his career with serious cocaine addiction. As did Grace Jones.

I will reveal the root of any addiction, which might help you get more clear on yours. Or the question if you even have one? And where to start in transforming it.

Addiction in the Roman sense

To deep-dive into the root of any addiction, we need to examine the root of the word. When we dive into the etymology of addiction, we’ll find two remarkable things.

The Latin and the Roman meaning of the word addiction reveals it’s true nature. The Roman meaning of the word addiction come closest to the truth of it all.

In Roman law, an addiction was a person that became enslaved through a court ruling

Here is the element of enslavement. The part of addiction where you can’t stop. Even when you beg God on your bare knees.



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