a reply to: panoz77
claiming that drug abuse is simply a disease that you "catch". That we should have sympathy for drug abusers, they are just sick. It has
nothing to do with poor life decisions, or self gratification, or greed, or selfishness, or personal irresponsibility.
Drug addiction may usually stem from poor life choices, but drug addiction itself is like a disease. When you're addicted to something, your brain
chemistry changes and your body becomes physically dependent on that substance to function properly.
Honestly, yeah people should have sympathy for drug addicts. Do you not have sympathy for other people who are injured or sick or something through
poor life choices?
If someone's dying of cancer after smoking for years, or dying of diabetes or falls and cripples themselves doing some kind of extreme sport, do you
not feel sympathy for those people?
And it is pretty terrible there's so many people out there so dependent on some substance they destroy their lives over it. It might stem from their
own poor decisions, but it doesn't mean they don't deserve sympathy. That also doesn't mean they deserve to get off the hook for criminal actions
I've met a lot of drug addicts, alcoholics and ex-addicts over the years. A lot of people my dad grew up with ended up as heroin addicts in the 80's
and 90's. The ones that made it and kicked it and didn't die or become street people. They still get cravings for it to this day. It never goes away.
Or one guy I talked to who's story's always kinda stuck with me. He was a youngish dude, not much older than me pushing a shopping cart with all his
worldly possessions, came up asked if he could buy a smoke. He was pretty polite about it, so I gave him one and we smoked and chatted.
He asked me if I did drugs or anything. I told him no and he told me that was a good thing and told me about his life. He used to own a home and a
business, had a wife. He got into a car accident and hurt his back, the doctor prescribed him oxycontin for 6 months. There was no weaning or
anything, at the end of the 6 months he was just cut off. His back was still #ed and he started going through withdrawals. So he made the admittedly
poor choice of buying oxys from Buddy. This went alright for a bit, until one day Buddy didn't have any pills, but he had some heroin. Dude by this
point, being pretty addicted and still in constant pain went for it.
And I'm guessing you can imagine how it went from there. He lost his business, lost his wife, sold his home to pay for his habit, apparently his
parents won't even talk to him.
He never tried to ask for money or sympathy anything. He finished his story and we parted ways. But it stuck with me.
How does a person dig themselves out of a place like that?
Even if that guy stopped doing drugs immediately, then what? He's still homeless, likely not going to find it easy to get a job, has no support,
nobody to help him, nowhere to go.
How does a person in that situation actually make their life better?
edit on 10/4/2021 by dug88 because: (no reason given)