The 31 year old actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Wasn’t he beautiful? I had such a crush on him, amplified by the fact that he chose to be open about his struggles with substance abuse. It’s incredibly difficult to share private issues– whatever they may be– with the masses. Those who do so have my utmost respect. My heart breaks every time a brilliant, talented person succumbs to the disease of addiction. Rest in peace, Cory….I hope you finally found it.
Addiction is public enemy number one. It is a health crisis that destroys lives– at best– and consistently proves it can end them at any given moment. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. No one is immune. We as a society should devote just as much to understanding, preventing, treating, and curing the disease of addiction as we do other diseases such as cancer or A.I.D.S.
Don’t think for a second I’m ‘soft’ on addiction or excusing the behavior of addicts. My life was nearly destroyed because of the selfish, vindictive behavior of an addict. But I also know that this is an illness, not a character defect. Addiction’s not an excuse. Yet I would never look down upon somebody enduring the brutality of chemotherapy just like I’d never look down upon somebody who is in the throes of addiction. 12-steppers will tell you that the disease is “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” While I certainly agree with that assessment the description that comes to my mind is….isolating. There is nothing more lonely and solitary about being lost within yourself. It is depressing and disheartening to be alone at war with the face you see in the mirror. So yes, I have a great deal of pity and compassion for addicts despite having every reason to despise them.
I encourage you all to read Dr. Marvin D. Seppala’s article on addiction. Unbiased and informative, it provides insights into the disease of addiction. Be sure to explore other links on the page as well.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,