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People should remember Steve Carrell's words the next time we lose a celebrity to addiction

Addiction does not discriminate.
Oct 12th 2018, 7:48 PM 8,660 0

STEVE CARRELL’S ON the promotional trail ATM for his upcoming movie, Beautiful Boy.

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The movie, in which he co-stars with Timothee Chalamet, follows a father going to desperate measures to save his son from the depths of his meth addiction.

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The cast were asked about how they prepared for their roles as family members supporting an addicted loved one. Carell proceeded to drop some wisdom.

“You can bill it as a story about addiction, but it’s really a story about a family,” he told Variety.

I think the addiction and recovery component is interesting because, as witnessed with this family, it can affect any family, even a family that is so full of love and so full of connection [...] It doesn’t discriminate that way.”

Carrell’s point is an important, and one which the public could try and remember when the discourse surrounding celebrities and their relationships with addiction. More often than not, a minority reveals itself to have lack all compassion as a celebrity checks themselves in to rehab, or dies. 

The choice for them is simple – just don’t do drugs, right? That’s not addiction though – when you become addicted, there are no more choices. It’s just a case of “doing”. It’s something that most will never understand until it lands on your doorstep, presenting itself as someone who desperately wants to get better, but no longer has the autonomy to do alone.

Addiction doesn’t discriminate – remember that the next time someone tries to incorporate the word ‘junkie’ into their every day vernacular, or you see jokes on the timeline about “pulling a Demi Lovato” at the weekend.

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