Russell Brand eschewed his traditionally humourous approach to sending a message in a very personal blog post detailing his struggles as a recovering addict.
The post is honest, that’s for sure, and it’s in your face about it.
In it Russell makes the case that it’s time we treat drug addicts as health patients rather than criminals.
“[T]he mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and, unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
For those of you out there who do not struggle with drugs (and I include alcohol under this label), the article offers compelling insights into the mindset of one who will stop at no costs to get their fix.
“The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday…
I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight white fist into a gentle brown wave, and from my first inhalation 15 years ago it fumigated my private hell”
Possibly the most insightful nugget was revealed while Russell explained his reactions to watching his past self smoke heroin on a video tape.
“ When I saw the tape a month or so ago, what was surprising was that my reaction was not one of gratitude for the positive changes I’ve experienced. Instead I felt envious of this earlier version of myself, unencumbered by the burden of abstinence. I sat in a suite at the Savoy hotel, in privilege, resenting the woeful ratbag I once was who, for all his problems, had drugs.“
You can read the full post over at The Guardian or you can catch Russell Brand talk about his recovery in his BBC 3 documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery.