Over the last few weeks it has been more than brought to life about the trending in feeling sorry for drug addicts. A program in the UK focused on how it affects ex coal mining communities near South Yorkshire,Face book went absolutely crazy with in the first 10 minutes of this program.
Two different train of thoughts seemed to fly around the social networking site of Face book. The first being that if they are going to be stupid enough to do that to their own body then they deserve to be in misery or dead, as they inflict misery on the lives of others by stealing for their habit, and lolling around town centers scaring adults and children alike.
Just look at the picture above at what it does, this is even a tamed down version of it. Her face is yet to cave in with weight loss, her teeth have not yet all rotted and fallen out either.
The second train of thought, probably from people who either know people that are drug dependent or have done drugs themselves and are pained to feel the guilt of association. This group of people tend to come out with excuses such as ‘Don’t judge others, you don’t know what a hard life they have been through’, my reply would be, don’t judge those that do not take them, just because they do not take drugs does not mean the path they have had in life was smooth.
As with any subject involving Human morality, the debate soon reverted to typical mud slinging and there was nothing positive to be found with in the subject. I quickly got on with other issues and left everyone else to the debate.
However this subject was quickly revived at the sudden passing of the celebrity Whitney Huston this week(11th February 2012). She was renown for taking drugs and drinking heavily.
Why are the two in this article? Because the polar opposite of the junkie that is on the street and the addict that is rich and famous brings up a topic of debate. Do people still have a right to comment if a persons drug habit does not affect others? Course they do, that is what Human beings do. If you don’t want to be judged, keep it quiet!!
Whilst Whitney Huston could afford drugs and there for never had to rob, mug or beg for her habit, she did indeed affect a lot of people. She had family and fans that looked up to her. When you are famous it comes with the responsibility to your fans. Quite a few people say things like ‘ The pressure of being famous was too much’. So basically people who think they are defending her are saying that she took drugs because she was too weak to deal with pressure. Not a compliment I would want to be handed from fans. There are people in this world who have fought for their country and come home scarred and wounded, they do not turn to illegal drug addictions. The people who lose everything to murderers, natural disasters and house fires, can still live through the utter horror with out turning to illegal drug addictions.
Does my opinion mean that I would not help a drug addict that needed my help? Quite the opposite, I commend people who are willing to fight their demons, but do not expect me to soak up the pitiful reasons that are used for being on drugs in the first place. Ending up on drugs is a life choice, it is a wrong turn that whilst should not mark the person strong enough to get off them, should not gain sympathy. It is offensive to all those who have been through hard times and did not take drugs.
Let us now take a look at those who can not afford their drug habits. The ones who claim they are not fit to work, well not many of us would if we were zombified on illegal drugs.
These people live on social income support if they live in the UK. They can have habits that cost between £100 and £200 a week, with income support for a single person being less than £80 a week and also the need for food, water and clothing, the circumstances of how they fill the deficit in monies for their drugs has to be from illegal behaviour, whether that be prostitution, theft or mugging. It comes to something when society has more empathy for the drug addict than it has for the drug addicts victims.
Being widowed because of an accident is circumstance, being a grieving mother or father is circumstance, finding yourself homeless because of debt is circumstance. Becoming a drug addict at one time made you separate from a human who had the choice to say ‘no thank you’ with the one that folded and hid behind a bag of excuses. THAT was not circumstance, that was LIFE CHOICES. You have the right to say NO, please use it!