Thursday, 15 March 2012
Unless you've lived under a rock for the past seven years, you know what the TV show Intervention is. Basically, an unsuspecting addict is tricked into thinking they're cool enough to get a documentary made about them. In actuality, it's a bunch of A&E producers and the addicts' friends and family staging an intervention. In case you haven't seen Intervention and you don't know what an intervention is, it's just a giant ultimatum; get clean or GTFO.
In the show, we see addicts from all walks of life abusing drugs and alcohol, abandoning their kids, stealing from loved ones, and breaking the law, among other things. many other things. You will hear countless family members talk about all the wretched things that have happened to them thanks to their addict family members, and numerous times I've heard "The drug has a hold of him/her. He/she can't help he's/she's addicted."
This belief pisses me off to no end. I would like to clear up right away that I am a smoker, and have used plenty of drugs in my life, so I think I have a pretty clear view from this angle. Not to mention the fact that I may know more people with drug problems than without. Moving on.
Addiction sucks, it really does. Anyone who has ever been addicted or has known an addict firsthand, know this. It takes your brain and won't let you think of anything but your vice until you can't do anything but curl up in fetal position and weep. And this isn't mentioning the withdrawals that come with extreme cases of dependency. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cold sweats, tremors, diarrhea, muscle pains, and hallucinations are just the tip of the iceberg. So, yes, addiction does suck. It is, however, entirely up to the user when he or she uses. Addiction doesn't mug an innocent elderly, take you to the dealer, lift your arm and get you high. Although it may make it loads easier, it was you who made the choices. I'm sick of people getting away with murder, literally murder, because they were under the influence and therefore "not criminally responsible." Drugs and alcohol are a choice you make, and anything resulting in behavior affected by said drugs or alcohol should be your responsibility. These days it is no secret, even to young users, that drugs come with the possibility of addiction.
Even people who smoke cigarettes say things along the lines of "I can't help it, it's not my choice I'm a smoker." Uh, yeah, it is.
What do you think, is addiction a choice?