In Brave New World, it is not so much physical isolation as mental. The individual 's “bottle” is constantly referenced, because when high they are isolated, just as if they were in their own bottle. Soma is another form isolation in Brave New World. Comparably, MDMA or Ecstasy has a variety of effects initially the drug triggers a large release of serotonin, this releases hormones like oxytocin and vasopressin (National Institute on Drug Abuse). These hormones cause increased love, sexual arousal, and trust. This leads to a sense of emotional closeness while on the drug. However, after the large release of serotonin, the brain is depleted of it, causing negative effects (National Institute on Drug Abuse). It leads to confusion, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, along with more drug craving. If abused heavy ecstasy users undergo continuous confusion, depression, sleep problems, and issues with attention and memory (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Also, Crack can cause symptoms of depression and similarly to most drug abuse, crack can cause isolation, where the addict feels distant and removed from society. This includes family, friends, and any other aspect of life. Due to the use of crack there is a loss of the ability to perform and have interest (Crack). Some specific interests that are lost due to marijuana include life, health, friends, school activities, and goals. Marijuana’s effects also create less of an awareness which makes them oblivious to their own downfall (Narconon). This leads to a loss of interest in not only family and relationships, but sexual partners as well. As depicted in how Brave New World uses sex.
Hug me till you drug me, honey;
Kiss me till I 'm in a coma;
Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny;
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...no opportunities for support. Consequently, the only thing the society can do is turn back to soma. Lenina turns to soma after her day at the reservation and after being rejected by John. Hemholtz is one of the few people that could triumph over addiction by himself. Depicting how it is attainable but difficult. With family involvement the path to sobriety is much easier as the individual is supported and praised for all accomplishments within treatment. If an individual would have to one to turn to like Bernard who was left by Lenina, they too would choose drugs as they are already under a faulty mental state. Brave New World’s society is unaware of their never ending isolation that Huxley has predisposed upon them. They are doomed to continue the sequence of using soma to combat distasteful feelings as there are no true relationships to give another form of support.
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