I used to watch A&E’s addiction series, “Intervention,” religiously. After a while, though, I couldn’t take it anymore. I appreciate the struggles of addiction, but the stories are so often so heartbreaking. Watching people in the throes of intense addiction is agonizing. Every once in a while, though, I tune in again. This Monday, I watched an episode featuring Ashley, whose drug-addicted mother handed her over to her aunt and uncle when she was a child. She became addicted to black tar heroin and Xanax after her grandfather died. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of it.
The hardest thing about addiction is how it overtakes a person. The addict does things high they wouldn’t do otherwise. In this scene, Ashley sits on the sidewalk in what appears to be a suburban neighborhood and snorts heroin off a piece of paper with the tube portion of a tampon insertion device. If this isn’t an anti-drug abuse PSA, I don’t know what is.