Friday, May 06, 2005

Glamorous Life of A Junkie!

If anyone has ever wondered what it is like to truly be a junkie, I have some suggested reading for you.
A lot of kids see the rock star lifestyle as glamorous and cool. They think they are rebelling and like the shock value that comes with this sort of lifestyle.
Having a brother who has been an addict for roughly 10 years and a heroin addict for about 3 years I can tell you that this is not an easy way out. If you think waking up at 7am in the morning, working 45 hours a week, having someone tell you what to do all the time is hard; Try being a heroin addict. Sure, your typical stoner lifestyle is easy, you wake and bake around 11:30 am, go to work at the record store or coffee shop 30 hours a week and play in your band on the weekend, live in a shitty apartment, with a shitty roommate and drive a shitty car but all in all it's a laid back easy life. If you don't like your job you can just quit, after all, you are going to be a rockstar. Once you cross that line into doing heroin, shooting up, stealing to support your habit, pawning all of your possessions and doing things you always said you wouldn't do, then you have gone too far and you need serious help.

Anyway, enough ranting, see for yourself, read part one before you read part two, there will be a part three in due time:


Deb said...

Just between you and me (and the worldwide web, haha) I've had more than my share of trouble with alcohol. Now I just stay away from the grog before I do something else incredibly stupid.

Life seems to be a series of habits for me...some good, some not-so-good, and some devastatingly deceptive.

I think Republicans should practice the habit of compassion. And for about "there but for the grace of God go I"...hmmmmm?

P.S. The labels "strong" and "weak" have nothing to do with addictions.

Hoosier said...

I have nothing but compassion for those who are struggling with addictions; especially considering most of us have some form of addiction or another.

The folks who have managed to somehow twist it around to romanticize it need a slap upside the head.

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