Friday, January 18, 2013

Is Lance Armstrong an addict?

You know, I'm pretty understanding about drug use. 

I mean, I live in a glass house.  I have no right to throw stones. 

And I know, firsthand, how hard it is to stop when you're addicted.  I have a lot of sympathy for celebrities that get hooked and have to quit in the spotlight.  And those who can't

But I have to say, and maybe it's unfair of me, but this Lance Armstrong doping thing is beyond me.  I can't seem to find an ounce of sympathy in my heart for this man. 

And ordinarily, I wouldn't care.  In fact, Lance Armstrong wouldn't even end up on my radar (I know that it'll come as a big shock to you, but I'm not really into sports). 

Yeah, try to control your shock and outrage...

But someone in my Facebook feed referred to him as an addict. 

Now, I'm offended.

Are you kidding me?  He's not an addict.  He's a liar and a cheat, so I know that it might seem like the behaviour of an addict, but it's not addiction.

It's hubris

Plain and simple.

And I've got no patience for it.  He doped to win.  He didn't dope because he couldn't stop.  He was too proud to lose and wasn't good enough to win on his own. 

And that's just plain sad.

So, Lance Armstrong might be a drug user, a liar, a bully and a cheat... But he's not an addict.  Don't be fooled.  It's not at all the same.

As an addict that has earned my stripes, I don't want to be lumped into the category with him.  Ever.  I've got my own damn problems.  And they've got enough stigma of their own.  I don't need his too...

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  1. Well said. Calling every whim or fault an addiction weakens a word that, when understood, can save lives. Lance, you're on your own with this one!

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