I don’t know how many people saw the Huffpost article about addiction not being selfish. But if you haven’t you should read it. If you have read it then, or even if you still haven’t, I want to show you all something. In case anyone was wondering what that article was in response to, it is kind of sickening. The idea that addiction is a choice and that a heroin junkie should die, or deserves to die, or chooses to die is prevalent among society. We are now in the year 2013 and it was 1956 when the AMA first decided that alcoholism and addiction were an illness. In 1991 they backed the idea up even more. And yet, somehow, somewhere there is a person out there who still believes in the idea that addict’s are choosing to throw their lives away.
I am not going to regurgitate an article much like the Huffpost one, because well, it was so well said that I don’t need to. You can either read it or you can decide not to. What I want to do is shine a light on exactly what kind of lack of empathy the writer was talking about. I also want to shed light on how these comments are not only indicative of what these people think about addiction but also the world. It is indicative of a much bigger problem we face today. Negativity, close mindedness, hate, and misunderstanding. These people, with their closed off minds are not only holding the rest of us back but are trying to bring many of us down.
And I know, it is pointless to focus on the negative. But by realizing what we are really up against as a society, addiction or no addiction, can help us better the future for ourselves and those who will come after us.
The angry and ignorant are always the loudest. And while I am not saying we should start an argument over every knucklehead who tells us that we deserve what comes to us, WE do need to make our own positive voices a little louder. Maybe not in response to the negativity, but in response to ourselves doing well. We don’t have to argue with these people but we do need to say something. And by something I mean anything that’s louder and more positive than the comments you are about to read.
What I feel the need to say is that addict’s don’t choose this for themselves and actually those addict’s who have recovered are probably better people than the people who left these messages on a Philip Seymour Hoffman article. We are not junkies we are fucking human beings. Get it right: