One of the most disheartening events is being called in on a medical emergency from one overdosing on drugs whose life is in danger. In a hospital, such an event is known as a code blue. Usually, it is a young man or woman. It is sad.
During the crisis healthcare professionals struggle to keep the person alive. Often with winning results, but there are times when the battle is lost. The person perishes.
What is even sadder when one hears an individual say, “I do not know why hospital workers waste their time, saving drug addicts lives.”
Others say when seeing a drunk laying in the street, “I am sure glad I never got that way, who would ever do that to themselves?” They say these words with an air of arrogance and self-righteousness.
Think about it. Are those who degrade others misfortune that much different? One suffers from the toxic and dependent effects of drugs and the degradation it bestows. Others negative thoughts and behaviors have toxic effects too. This toxicity has adverse effects on ourselves and those around us, friends, family, and coworkers. Another way of saying it is comparing the difference of being sick in public from being sick in private?
So much has been written about the eight toxic people to avoid. A quick recap of those eight bad traits is those who gossip, those who are judgmental, the jealous ones, the always the victim, the manipulative, those who smother and insist on being in control, the unintelligent who do the same wrong things over and over and finally the naysayers.
Surely then, chemical addiction is not the only way to lose integrity and self-esteem. The list of bad behaviors that can reduce our image is numerous. Looking inward, searching self, and seeing our shortcomings and striving to improve them is the beginning of a quality life.
One often finds that there are more similarities than differences between being chemically addicted and possessing toxic traits.