Bateson’s approach permits to understand that the addictive action implicates a logical contradiction given between the premises of the habit and the volitional action exerted by the human biological system. That is why the formal mess that means the addictive action involves a daily trap that blocks the adaptive process that such a system experiences. Given that they refer to the logic of the habit that means the ‘drug’ consumption, these premises are previously pre-programmed by the common use that the system has made of the ‘drug’. Such premises are around everyday, while they mean an alternancy given between sobriety and inebriation: an alternation that tends to reiterate chronically what would be a problem of a logical type which manifests itself actively in the social interaction that the system performs. But it also must be taken into account that the problem of reification tends to manifest typically in the assessments that the human biological systems make of the ‘drug’ consumption. It follows that the ‘drug’ is not ‘a someone’ with its own personality and that could be enunciated substantially: it is not an object nor a thing, but the effect on the perception of a biological system open to other systems, namely: ‘drug’ is the effect of a programmed series of habits or logical premises that are embedded in the differential plot of a variety of social contexts. In this sense, the fact of referring to ‘drugs’, whatever the case, does not invoke anything in terms of the intercommunication of the given differences between them, that is, between the forms of its specific consumption and its various effects. Moreover, Bateson’s approach permits to understand that referring to the ‘drug’ is to remit to a genre of transcontextual syndromes that the logic of the habit tends to reify while meaning its experience. So the addictive action also operates as a form of deutero-learning: this means that the system used to ‘drug’ consumption is also able to acquire a knowledge apprehended from that action, ie, a knowledge that tends to represent a certain pleasure or relief. In this regard, the consumption of a ‘drug’ means the process of habituation to a particular effect that is tested, and which is predisposed ―in terms of a programmed error― as a recurrent and progressive practice.
Therefore, when considering the generic production of transcontextual syndromes, it is found that the sobriety of everyday life contains a systemic and formal error, which is to say that the everyday forms that the system habituated to the ‘drug’ has to maintain its sobriety, contain in first place a functional pathology that drives such a system to intoxication. This is to say that the generic production of transcontextual syndromes is practically the interactive factor that induces to the excessive and recurrent consumption of the ‘drug’. Bateson’s approach points out that the sobriety of everyday life is precisely what drives the human biological system to become habituated to ‘drug’ consumption. It is the habitual formality of everyday life what configures a set of logical circumstances that constitute a first step towards intoxication. For Bateson, it is not to be expected that the everyday forms that toxicomaniac systems have to stay sober, may serve to control the recurrence of ‘drug’ consumption. So that sobriety does not seem to be something inherent in human biological systems, since the dimension and complexity of the system in which they interact contains a formal element assimilable in terms of an addictive activity. Thus, Bateson presents a logic that suggests an inverse correlation between sobriety and intoxication: in that correlation intoxication is a logical correctness of the formal system that involves the ‘sobriety’ of everyday life. Thus, ‘drug’ consumption is presented as a logical attitude that occurs through an intersubjective correction referred to such error or socially accepted pathology. This means that the prominence of an environment that involves an erratic or pathological sobriety precipitates an accurate or logical intoxication in the human biological system.
Everything indicates that the system habituated to the ‘drug’ consumption engages a formal escape against the premises that bonds it to its habit, those which do not cease to be reinforced by the surrounding society. However, in that formal escape, what activates the contraposition between the logical premises of the habit ―ie, the logical premises referred to ‘drug’ consumption― and the volitional action, is not but the need that the toxicomaniac system has to control the logic of the action referred to the ‘drug’. This need for control means to stop volitionally a habit which logic is constantly reinforced by the everyday forms of the social environment. So that volitional action, while wanting to interrupt the sequential plot that the action of the ‘drug’ has rigidly programmed, can only reinforce the logic that generates such contraposition, reaffirming a logic that has not only proportioned itself to a series of habits that formalize the recurrence to ‘drug’ consumption, but that also reinforce a logic dedicated to feedback (re)actively its claim of control. So the addictive action involves a kind of ‘logic loop’ that happens in the existence of the system when its own volition intends to take an active control of its own ‘drug’ consumption. But what makes characteristic this formal loop of existence, is in fact the reinforcement of both the volitional action and the feedback of the a(ddi)ction. Volitional action implies the closure of the differential circuit that means the cybernetics of the self: such closure creates a feedback that reaffirms the volition and the systematic denial of the kinds of problems that mean the inertia of the addictive action. Because of such closure, the toxicomaniac system is also unable to realize that it is not but its own will what feedbacks and promptly reschedules the recurrence to ‘drug’ consumption, and this failure means no more than the prominence of an alternancy given between sobriety and intoxication, and which intermittence tends to become increasingly chronic.