In the case of Oksana Grigorieva and former lover (and father of her daughter) Mel Gibson, love is more addictive than alcohol.

My post stating, that of all addictions, "Love is the Worst," was met with some skepticism.

Last night, on Larry King, Grigorieva proved me right again. She reviewed Gibson's assaults on her - striking and choking her and brandishing a gun while she held their baby and while her young son watched - as well as playing his clearly insane rantings over the telephone after she left him.  (Did I hear someone playing Pat Benatar's Love is a Battlefield?)

Time and again, King asked whether Gibson was drunk - even playing Gibson's "confession" that his earlier anti-Semitic assault on a police officer was due to his recurrent alcoholism, for which he had - and was currently receiving - treatment.

Grigorieva refused to cooperate, and kept insisting she had never seen Gibson drinking alcohol, let alone drunk.

Unless you count being drunk on love. She told of their deep love, which involved Gibson's total control of her - you know, the standard routine - no friends or family or going out on her own. And she went along with Gibson - going so far as to convert to his brand of Catholicism.

But as she withdrew from this addiction, Gibson struck out with escalating desperation and violence.

There is no withdrawal like love withdrawal - you don't beat your wife and threaten her life while she's holding your infant child because you want a drink or a drug.

Recent Posts in Addiction in Society

Why Robert Durst Confessed

Is confession good for the soul? In the Durst case, it isn't.

The Psychology of Brian Williams

NBC Williams's tall stories follow a standard format. What is their purpose?

NFL Message: Just Go Punch Someone

The NFL is on an anti-violence campaign—except when it counts

American Addiction Treatment Is Shame-Based

Addiction therapy focuses people on their deficiencies and addict identities

Addicted to Punta (Pardon the Slang)

What Marion Barry and Rat Park have in common

On the Nature and Treatment of Addiction

Are we turning a corner on how we think of addiction? Not so fast.