An Emotional Plea To Rethink Drug Addiction

I don’t ever post anything to do with politicians or politics, but this short 6-minute video from Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, is so very powerful to me that I just really wanted to share it with you all. I truly believe that it is time to treat addiction as a disease and not a moral failing so that so many people still suffering can get the help they need.

“Somehow, if it’s heroin or cocaine or alcohol, we say, ‘They decided it, they’re getting what they deserved.'” – Chris Christie

 

Christie’s talk on addiction, part of the HuffPost original series ’16 and President, has been viewed more than three million times on Facebook and has been shown repeatedly on cable news. ~ from http://www.huffingtonpost.com. As you can see the views have now climbed to over 4 million.

I don’t really know anything about him or his stance on the political forum. Maybe a bit ignorant on my part. I am by no means endorsing him as a politician but maybe rather as a human. This video is very touching and powerful stand on how addiction and addicts are still viewed. And if the word is getting out about the changes that are so desperately needed when it comes to treatment of those suffering from addiction, than I believe that it is a huge step forward.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this video – is it time to rethink how we view addiction?


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5 Comments Add yours

  1. An amazing video – so powerful just shows addiction can bring down the brightest and best. http://bit.ly/1ER5cLY

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  2. Anonymous says:

    This is powerful and makes so much sense. Having been in rehab for alcohol for 6 weeks, and being with a number of young heroin addicts, I saw just how terrible the problem is. The struggle is huge, and if they are sent to prison with no chance at rehabilitation, they don’t stand a chance. Listening to the many stories made me sad and angry. It does seem that more positive ways are coming, just perhaps not fast enough.

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    1. Yes. This is very true. Positive ways are coming only too slow. That’s why I believe that we need more people to be open about their addiction and recovery journey. The stigma must be broken – this is not a moral failing, it’s a disease. The definition has been changed 20 years ago, yet people still carry the stigma. It’s time to treat addiction like any other sickness.

      Thank you for your great comment.

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