Jared calling it like it is.
No. That is him stigmatizing addicts even further. Why do you think that addicts in America seem to fall off the wagon? It’s because in America we throw them out like they’re garbage. We ignore their pleas for help. Our system is not a friendly one to addicts. We leave them out of our society and we make them outcasts.
We treat addiction like it’s a choice. Yes, it was their choice to start using, but it is not their choice to become addicted. Addiction is a rabbit hole that one just keeps falling down, and an addict does not have the choice to start falling back up. They can’t just switch it on and off. Remember, once an addict, always an addict.
Once people are treated for addiction, we think they’re okay. We leave them alone and we never talk about it. Then, if they fall off the wagon, we stigmatize them. We call them “senseless” and “stupid.” We tell them it’s all their fault, and we cast them out.
We don’t treat it like what it is: a chronic disease. We treat addicts for 30 days and then they’re cured, everything’s fine, and if they fall off it’s their own fault.
We need to stop this negative attitude towards addicts and actually establish programs that help fight and combat addiction.
There are places in Europe where the government allows people to come in and get a fix. But they space out the time between visits, they decrease the amount they give. They give them continual support during and after the process, and it works. Not only does it keep addicts off the streets and gives them a safe place to go, but it also cuts down on overdoses and prevents the spread of HIV and other blood transferred diseases.
Maybe if we stopped putting a stigma on addicts and started treating them like human beings and giving them our love and support, we could help the problem.
Is that going to completely solve it and make tragedies (because that’s what it is when a 46 year old man succumbs to a disease he tried to fight) like this one go away 100%? No, it won’t. But it might bring a change to our society.
So no, Jared is not “telling it like it is.” He is helping to perpetuate the problematic attitude we have toward addicts and thereby perpetuating the problem.
Let me tell you guys something, regardless of your take on Jared’s opinion, regardless of whether you agree that PSH was being irresponsible or not, regardless of whether or not you thing this could have been avoided let explain something to you.
His children are fatherless. His wife no longer has a husband. He was probably dealing with his demons for a very long time and I know he was loved by a lot of people. This. Is. Sad. I will agree that he made some terrible mistakes to get to where he is (not including the fact that Hoffman was in rehab) but this is a tragedy, people’s lives have been torn apart and this is the worst possible time to make a statement like this, he died hours ago. And i know for a god damn fact that if this was flipped, if Jared Padalecki was the one who was found dead in his apartment, if Jared Padalecki was called “stupid” and “senseless”, if anybody even dared to say that Jared Padalecki’s passing wasn’t sad, his fans would riot.