Did you hear this guy (from Princeton uni) from the new Zeitgesit movie from 2011, that's ridiculous!

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In the new Zeitgeist movie (Zeitgesit:Moving Forward), there is this lecturer or professor from Princeton univeristy that says that in nature there isn't anything that we can get addicted to(if we are not prone), he says that narcotic substances by themself are not addictive. There are however many factors making us prone to addictive substances, according to his words if all factors that contribute to addictiveness are absent then the human will not get addicted to anything no matter how often he/she uses it? By factors I guess he means if his/her brain and mind(psyche) are perfectly balanced, If he/she led a perfect life, within a perfect family, within a perfect environment from childhood until 30 , for example, no stress, lack of whatever disorder etc.) I mean? What is wrong with this guy? That's IMPOSSIBLE! What do you think? Because...HEROIN basically changes the neurochemistry of your brain, no matter what factors are present or absent that is just ridiculous, your brain will be changed and that's it! Your mind/psyche will also be changed, and that's it! You cannot resist such thing as a heroin if you take it 100 times!
What do you think, is that possible? Is it possible there to be a human who after 100 doses of heroin, is still not addicted and he's perfectly fine in any aspect? Why would this guy, who has to be educated, that's his field of speciality afterall and Princeton is an elite university, would say such a thing?

He has a point

In addiction science a distinction is made between addiction and dependence. Heroin and other pain relieving opiates are good example of this distinction.
Millions of people take opiates for pain relief, some for several months, or for a lifetime, and they become dependent. That is, their body no longer makes enough natural (endogenous) opioids to meet their needs. If they suddenly stop, they go through withdrawal.

Here is a good description:

Addiction is a neurobiological disease that has genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors. It is characterized by one or more of the following behaviors:
- Poor control over drug use
- Compulsive drug use
- Continued use of a drug despite physical, mental and/or social harm
- A craving for the drug

Physical dependence is the body's adaptation to a particular drug. In other words, the individual's body gets used to receiving regular doses of a certain medication. When the medication is abruptly stopped or the dosage is reduced too quickly, the person will experience withdrawal symptoms. Although we tend to think of opioids when we talk about physical dependence and withdrawal, a number of other drugs not associated with addiction can also result in physical dependence (i.e., antidepressants, beta blockers, corticosteroids, etc.) and can trigger unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly.

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so If addiction is characterized by:
- Poor control over drug use
- Compulsive drug use
- Continued use of a drug despite physical, mental and/or social harm
- A craving for the drug

You mean that if a person gets heroin 100 times, and then stops, he/she will not crave for it?
According to this guy, if the factors that contribute to addictiveness are absent, he/she won't have cravings for Heroin?
I think that whoever takes heroin more than 10 times should crave for it and eventually have a hard time stopping it. That is an addiction.
Do you think that a person can take 100 doses of heroin and not get addicted to it? Without any cravings? Do you think he/she will be able to stop it easily despite the obvious harm? According to this guy, they shouldn't have any problems quitting and they shouldn't have any cravings, if their brain/mind is perfect.