Addiction: A Six-Word Story

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Married mY sweetHEart, heROin.

Explanation:

Often depicted negatively, addiction is a very serious condition – people with addiction are heavily stigmatized against, seen as “crackheads” with a lack of “willpower…or a moral compass”1. I wanted to show the interaction between a patient who requires help for their addiction and somebody willing to understand, whether it be a family member, friend, or doctor. From the perspective of the patient, whilst their addictive behaviour may cause conflict in various aspects of their life, underneath they may harbour vast gratitude for those who stay by their side to help battle their condition as revealed by the hidden message, “YOU ARE MY HERO”. I simply wanted to highlight the importance of not leaving somebody in their times of struggle and need, even if they may not express appreciation immediately, because a support system is incredibly vital for recovery.

Sources:

  1. Villa, L. Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma. [online]. Available at: http://drugabuse.com/library/addiction-stigma/.

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