Addiction In The National Holiday Of Valentine's Day

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As I scroll through Twitter I come across numerous posts about a boy in my grade. All of the posts feature some sort of derogatory comment and “#free”. Confused by this influx of posts, I ask my friend what is going on and she hushly informs me that this student has been expelled and sent to a boarding school rehab facility, for possession of narcotics. I am very alarmed that someone I know has made such a negative decision. As the buzz around school continues to spread, I begin to question this boy’s values. I wonder what could have possessed him to positively ruin his chances at going to a good college let alone ever having a successful career. He must have an overwhelming love for the effects of drug use, to potentially destroy his …show more content…
It is a stigma in our society to associate addiction as something bad and love as something good. This can be seen in the national holiday of Valentine’s day. A day characterized by chocolate hearts and flower bouquets does not seem like something that can also be aligned with addiction. The reliance one feels for the thing to which they are addicted, does not spur positive emotions that generate a national holiday. The stark contrast between the Valentine’s day emotions and things like withdrawal symptoms demonstrate the difference between the two implying that they are not necessarily intertwined. Conclusively, one of the seemingly positive aspects of addiction brought on to resemble love, does not constitute a direct relationship between love and addiction. A current trend called “dabbing” is a way to ingest marijuana so that the high lasts longer. This lengthened high is a characteristic of addicts, demonstrating that they search for the thing that they are addicted to, in order to experience a feeling resembling love. However, the fact that this sensation is followed by an extreme low and potential side-effects, differentiates it from a real feeling of adoration. The supposedly positive emotions associated with addiction cannot be labeled as positive because of the negative effects that may follow. This contrasts with the feelings of love because love’s affirmative emotions do not stem from a pessimistic origin. Additionally, this idea can be supported by a poem written by Yehuda Amichai. He asserts that love is a force that can distract from other problems. This provides contrast between addiction and love because addiction is the force from which one needs distracting. This idea can be seen from the process of interventions. When an addiction first develops it is sometimes treated with an intervention by the loved ones of the addict.

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