Sunday, December 22, 2013

The war on Peter Hitchens

Peter, addiction is not a moral failing. It’s not something you can just walk off like a cramp. It’s a compulsion that can dominate every part of your life, whether you continue to abuse substances or not.  You can stop abusing substances but you can’t stop being an addict. It’s a misery you’ll face every single day, for the rest of your life. Imagine what it’s like to crave a feeling you tell yourself you can only achieve by doing something that hurts you and the people you love. 

I don’t understand why I have to explain this.  For all the anecdotes about people quitting heroin with no difficulty, there are countless more about people ruining their lives, countless more about people who struggle for decades, countless, countless more stories about potential wasted, loves lost, abilities unfulfilled.

This is a matter of profound sadness and something to be compassionate about. What it’s not about is the ego of a whelp. Peter, you lost the argument because you decided in advance what your position was, based on what popularity you could scrape from your horrible Daily Mail readers.  And now you’re retconnig because you have a column. It would have been a lot less shit if you’d invited Perry – or any other addict – a platform to reply.

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