Give Me The Coffee And No One Gets Hurt

This post is dedicated, with much love, to.. I think you all know who you are.

A lot of the amazing blogs that I follow have been posting lately about addiction and it’s effect on their lives. Mothers of addicts, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives… And it breaks my heart because the over riding emotions are shame and guilt.

Families are wondering where they went wrong, what could they have done better as a parent or spouse. Why this baby they had just yesterday got sucked into this dark horrible world.

They feel stigmatized. Judged. It’s a modern day tragedy and it’s an epidemic. There are all sorts of theories and beliefs as to how to combat it but obviously none are effective because the problem is increasing not decreasing.

I believe we’re conditioned to addiction by the media. By advertising and also by greedy scumbag insurance companies and “rehabilitation centers”.

Please read this link, it will open your eyes to where those inflated insurance premiums you pay and tax dollars are going. The Florida Shuffle – but you can bet your sweet ass this isn’t only happening in Florida.

As for the advertising. What a morally corrupt industry that is. To continue to promote life threatening addictive substances long after the effects were known is truly depraved.

“Hangry? Have a Snickers”

Food addiction is real but oh how we laugh at pictures of people who suffer from it. They’re perceived as stupid and greedy. We’ve all heard the “Inside every fat person is a skinny person trying to get out”

How about “inside every addict is a lonely scared person just wanting to feel valued and worthy” instead?

Whole industries such as Phillip Morris, the largest cigarette manufacturer with brands like Marlboro and Benson and Hedges, are allowed to continue to make astronomical profits because there’s equally as much money at the other end for insurance companies, hospitals etc.

Make no mistake, addiction is a boom industry and it’s proving even more lucrative than Cancer.

So what can we do?

Me. You.

Well first of all we can stop stigmatizing addicts and their families. As we’ve seen so much, addiction hits everyone from the richest to the poorest. Stop looking down on someone for a problem you yourself have.

Me?? An ADDICT???

Yes. You! Me too! Just because something is socially acceptable it doesn’t mean it’s less of an addiction. Caffeine. Who here says “I can’t function without my coffee” Who here says “I can’t go a day without chocolate/tea/Pepsi, potatoes..

How many times have you answered the question “What’s one thing you can’t live without?”

We CAN end the stigma. We CAN show compassion. We CAN allow people – ALL people – the courtesy of being treated with respect and civility.

Maybe if we show a little more empathy and kindness we can help someone reclaim themselves. Let’s just accept that there but for the grace of God go I.

Lives change in an instant. God forbid it happens to you or yours but if it does, I’ll hold your hand.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to change the world. Start Today!!

19 thoughts on “Give Me The Coffee And No One Gets Hurt

  1. Very powerful and couldn’t agree with it more. I am someone who has an addictive personality, also coming from a family of alcoholics leading to myself having a similar nature and bringing myself the power of stopping in my early 20’s. I think addiction is something we should all talk about more often and help those with any form of addictive problem when it can come from anything. Very well written!

    Also, addiction is what led me to write my Banana Pancakes short story series!

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      1. My experiences with drinking and depression led to a short story script which led to the initial idea and expanded beyond that. It’s something we all tackle, none of us is strong enough not to be addicted to anything, just some addictions are healthy and others not so, then you have the life threatening ones of course. It’s an interesting subject I feel the world should be educated more on and you’ve done a great job doing an explanation around that 🙂

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      2. I think understanding the root causes, not just on physiology but on the people who make money from addictions is important. If there was a little less avarice there’d be a lot less addiction.

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  2. Nailed it!! Advertising is the biggest and most corrupting influence on society as a whole and is shameful how regulations do very little to protect the citizens. McDonald’s will kill you just as fast Marlboro will.

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