Anyone Who Is Still Preaching Addiction As A Choice Instead Of A Disease Is Sick

Anyone Who Is Still Preaching Addiction As A Choice Instead Of A Disease Is Sick

People are dropping like flies, who cares whether it's a choice or disease?

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Our country is going thru a very tough time with opiate addiction, so much that now it is being called an epidemic. According to the CDC, approximately 115 people die daily in the United States. Multiply that by 365, and you get close to 50,000 people dying every year. This is indeed an epidemic.

Addiction seems to be one of the hottest debates on the internet, especially after the recent passing of the very talented and genuine Mac Miller. It's sad that instead of allowing people to mourn, people are debating that it was his choice to get addicted, because he chose to try the drug. While that may or may not be true, it doesn't change the fact that a precious life was lost among many other lives.

Who the hell cares which one it is? Whether it's a choice that started a disease, or whether a physiological imbalance that someone was born with caused it? It doesn't make a difference, we have a HUGE problem here.

This should not be up for debate.

People are dying daily, something needs to be done to stop this from continually happening. Instead of us arguing on social media over why it happened or what caused it to happen let's come up with a way to help the epidemic.

If you have been affected by addiction, whether personally or thru someone you loved, you know firsthand how hard of a battle it is. In my personal experience, I've come across some addicts that were the most genuine people I've ever met. They got in a battle that anyone could get themselves in, because as we can see addiction doesn't discriminate. It affects people of all races, sexes, and economic statuses.

An addict is not a junkie, but instead a person that lost their way. They wake up and fight the same battle every single day. And unfortunately, some of them end up losing that battle. Being someone that has lost people to addiction, nothing angers me more than debating the whole choice or disease crap. Why can't we all just find a solution, instead of adding to the problem?

There are not enough resources out there to aid in recovery.

Most of the ones that want to take the road to recover, end up relapsing because of the minimal resources that are offered. A lot of insurances won't even cover rehab, and if you're paying out of pocket then you'll be buried with debt.

I hope one day we can all come together and realize that we have a huge problem. That arguing about irrelevant stuff won't bring a solution, but instead cause an even bigger divide. I hope that one day we won't look at addicts as junkies, but instead as someone's child, spouse, parent, and friend. As a person that lost their way, and needs support, guidance and love from those close to them.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with an addiction, please reach out to the resources below and seek help. Although there are minimal resources, there are still some out there that could help someone.

In loving memory of:

Tanner J. Lamantia 06/02/1994-01/10/2016

Zachary D. Brugh 04/20/1994-11/07/2013

Mac Miller 01/19/1992-09/07/2018

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

Do I wanna build a snowman? Uhhhh NO!

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

SANTAAAAAA

5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

10. Write a letter to Santa

Super silly but super cute.

11. Take cute Christmas pictures

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Perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas.

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

And you know the rest of the inside of the house.

13. Wrap presents together

14. Hang a mistletoe and kiss under it

15. Stay up tracking Santa

Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for him, and carrots out for the reindeer.

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