The Oedipal Loop: Substance Abusers vs. Royalty

4 April 2015
An exploration of the play, “Oedipus the King” and its connection to substance abuse.

This paper compares the mind of the misguided monarch in the play “Oedipus the King”, with the mind of a substance abuser. Similarities are drawn between the two issues. Among the topics discussed are victimization, paranoia and its companion, “blame-throwing”, denial of responsibility and the search for sympathy.
“The psychologies of substance abuse and of royalty may seem on one level to be worlds apart. One is, after all, literally on top of things by law, decree, and birth the other only gets “to the top” in an illusory world created by reliance on the drug of choice. But upon closer examination, especially in the play Oedipus the King, the mindset of the substance abuser and that of a misguided monarch turn out to be similar in an almost uncanny number of ways.”

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