In this episode of True Life they focused on three people who face addicted to heroin. This kind of narrative could be classified as both a Chaos and Quest narrative. Not only is there is no real solution, but these addicts are attempting to find themselves and the best way to cope with their illness. These narratives are used to explain not only how they got to the point they’re currently at, but why. Each one has had a traumatic experience or history in their life which has led them to make the decisions they have in the past. For instance, one of the girls had a family history of drug use. Her father died of a cocaine overdose and she almost immediately started using drugs to cope. This may be because this is how her father dealt with his feelings. Perhaps she saw that and thought that is how adults should deal with things and therefore, when it came time for her to accept a large loss she did so by using. Another girl started using drugs as a way to socially interact with other people. She said her boyfriend introduced her to heroin and she instantly loved it so much that it became the most important thing in her life. Her need to fit in a social construct in which harmful drugs were involved led her to drug use. This girl became so sick from her addiction she had to have open heart surgery as well as lung surgery. Another women featured in this story had overdosed nine times. These experiences may have scared them, however, not even medical professionals explaining the severity of their addiction was able to help. Each person in this episode realized they needed help, but they hadn’t hit rock bottom yet. They wanted a change but weren’t wiling to make the sacrifices necessary to do so.
I think this episode was a great way to show the public the behavior and thought process of someone who is an heroin addict. They didn’t merely become one randomly one day. It took a significant life change to push them towards this kind of escape. It’s important to see the family relationships and how they’re altered and in what way by this drug. It’s clear that the users become secretive because our culture has a stigma around drug addiction. Because of this these addicts don’t tell people the situation or hide it altogether which only furthers their usage. As mentioned in the first lecture of this week, some illnesses are hard to identify without physical symptoms. Since many are able to hide their addiction for some time, it’s important to realize that they still have a serious problem Although it is hard to identify how addicted one is, since it seems like a sliding scale, one must remember that someone being able to express their feelings towards they’re illness may change their treatment.