Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate? Wrong

An interesting take on the issue, even if you don’t completely agree.

The phrase “addiction doesn’t care” is not meant to remind us that addiction casts a long shadow — everyone knows that. Rather, it is supposed to suggest that any individual, no matter who, is vulnerable to the ravages of drugs and alcohol.

The same rhetoric has been applied to other problems, including child abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism — even suicide. Don’t stigmatize the afflicted, it cautions; you could be next. Be kind, don’t judge.

The democratization of addiction may be an appealing message, but it does not reflect reality. Teenagers with drug problems are not like those who never develop them. Adults whose problems persist for decades manifest different traits from those who get clean. …

Essay – Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate? Wrong – NYTimes.com

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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