I have a brother who used to have a drug problem. I'm not talking about the socially acceptable kind. I mean the sort of drug that runs the risk of killing you every single time you do it. It took me forever to see it, though.
Like me, my siblings were all, to some extent or another, adversely affected by our upbringing. Some of us have survived relatively intact and others of us are still struggling a great deal. There was a long period of time when my own behavior was so risky that I really am very blessed to have made it through to the other side. I can only call it a blessing because it's more than I can, in good conscience, ascribe to luck. I'm not saying that there's no possibility that I will turn out like some of the people I used to associate with.
Lately I've noticed how much of a thrill many folks in this society get from making fun of or looking down on people with drug addictions. I guess it's just so easy to do. After all, how many people are willing to stand up for someone who "just isn't willing to pull themselves up by their bootstraps" and kick their addiction to substances that they know are harming them? I can't even count how many jokes and quips and skits I've seen that use people with drug addictions as the punchline or as the object of derision. Frankly, I'm downright sick of it.
I understand that a lot of people need to have someone to look down on in order to feel better about themselves but enough already!
Reading an article in the newspaper is what got me thinking about this today. I am very annoyed after reading this article about a woman who nearly burned to death in Michigan. It seems to me that this woman's tragedy is being used as a PSA by the newspaper. Her addiction to nicotine nearly cost her her life. Instead of focusing on how much damage was done to her apartment, they should be focusing on how much damage the cigarette companies have done to people's lives.