Addiction doesn't make them bad people.
The mythology of addiction is compelling. Sensational media, television, and film often depict addicts—recovering or not—as lifelong criminals who will jump at the chance to regain their fix, that they’re ticking time bombs just waiting for the right provocation to steal, abuse, or kill. Because of this, the popular opinion is that addicts are bad people, clearly on the dark side of the divide between “them” and “us”.
But reality is seldom so simple. This mythology exists because of fear—fear of the unknown, fear of those unlike ourselves. To those who have never experienced substance abuse, a recovering addict is often simplified down to a mix of stereotypes. But to think in this way is to ignore the complexity, the suffering, and the very humanity of recovering addicts.
These are people who have, like all of us, committed a mixture of good and bad deeds, and now suffer from a disease that could have affected any of us. They are someone’s mother or father, they are pastors and doctors and businessmen and caregivers. In the end, if you take nothing else away from this, remember one thing.
They are us.