Tuesday, March 1, 2011

on Charlie

The past few weeks, Charlie Sheen has consistently made the front page news. He is obviously struggling. I won't claim to know what his demons are, but they clearly on display. (Though many people in his life disagree, he currently claims to be on no drugs except to be high on "Charlie Sheen").

You can't watch TV or read the news without facing accounts of his most recent antics. Many people seem to find it somewhat entertaining, or at least amusing.

I don't. I think it's scary and sad, and I feel for his parents, his siblings, his wife and yes - his children.

I won't claim to be an expert on addiction, but I will say that it should be obvious to us all that he is a man in trouble - big trouble - and I don't think we're helping by laughing at - or even with - him. Addiction is scary, consuming and unmanageable - period. By making his plight - and his family's plight - a public laugh-in, we're failing addicts everywhere.

Is it Charlie's job to manage his issues? Of course it is, but I still think that society is doing wrong by addicts everywhere by turning this saga in to a public laughfest.

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