R58, I disagree. They’re not boring. They’re addicted. Big difference.
Some may actually be boring, even if they overcome their addiction, but most young people who are struggling with addiction, have very little sense of who they even are or what they’re capable of, due to the addiction itself.
My theory is that had someone like Heath had not had a team of people paid to manage their personal lives and career, due to their actual talents, they would be just like any other addict who isn’t in the same position, because no one is profiting from, or exploiting that talent which that specific addict, also has.
I mean, look at this thread. Heath’s been dead forever, and we’re posting photos of the man on speedos.
People see actors and other artists who are addicted, as people who are there to service their desires and wants. Whether money, wank material, gossip fodder or profits, rarely are these people looked at comprehensively as human beings who are in dire need of treatment for a condition that is HIGHLY resistant to treatment, despite quick rehab stays, PR campaigns propping up the entire bullshit narrative, or the obvious and visible signs that indicate that no quick rehab stay or Oscar campaigns, or even talent, are enough to get the addict over the hump.
This happens because our society calls these people weak, or losers, or whatever, and shame addicts for making choices they, themselves, wouldn’t make, or DO make, but are better at hiding the effects of their addiction from others.
What happened to Heath happens to millions of Americans- especially now. Small towns across all of America have lost kids, young adults, and even those in their retirement age, due to opiate addiction. Instead of addressing this in any formidable, comprehensive, and results driven modalities, backed up by actual science, treatment, and long term care and support, we hold people who have been hurting for many reasons, for many decades, responsible for their pain, and when they are living in communities that become flooded with big pharma’s pain pills, and they take those pain pills in order to treat their pain, since they have little to zero alternatives, we blame them for their overdoses and call them insufficient in character or will power.
For those who have never been addicted, they cannot understand how this happens. Allow me to clue you in, please. Addiction is not the problem. The way we prioritize capitalism and a free market over the individual life of a human being is the problem. If you call someone who died due to addiction, and you think that being a Hollywood movie star earning millions of dollars was enough to save his life because money and fame are the answer to the great existential question that has not been answered, you are also the problem. The problem doesn’t exist without you, actually.
Money and fame do not prevent, circumvent, or mitigate, addiction, or the successful treatment of addiction. As a matter of fact, these things actually place any addict at greater risk for harm, as a result of motivations for helping an addict, being overwhelmingly driven by profit, rather than true care and wellness of the individual at risk for harm, which in turn enables the addict, because even addicts get the real message: We only care about you the way we appear to care about you, because you’re a very talented and marketable addict, and we’re going to make as much money from you as we possibly can, even if it kills you.
Stop fucking around with this bullshit story about being weak. People aren’t weak. They’re oftentimes faced with challenges that are fucking monsters, and they need others who actually love them and:or care about their genuine health and safety, in order to make it through something as lethal as the addiction you assholes say make him or her weak.