Is Addiction To Running A Disease?
I would like to thank America and Canada for making the documentary series ‘Intervention’.
In case you haven’t heard of it, it features alcoholics and other drug addicts being confronted by their loved ones over their respective habits and then offered the chance to attend a 12 step programme usually in Sedona, Arizona where the addiction is beaten out of them with a combination of guilt, Enya, God and BASEBALL BATS.
The treatment in Intervention is centred around the ‘addiction is a disease’ concept which is something I have a hard time understanding. Soon enough you find yourself in all sorts of grey areas.
Example #1 – If you are addicted to running, are you suffering from a disease?
Let’s take this fucker as an example.
We all see him as someone who was on a meaningful journey, battling through his demons in a healthy way. Is this really so?
Look at him during those running scenes in the middle of the movie. He hasn’t shaved in about 5 fucking years. It almost seems like running isn’t a choice for him anymore?
Gump is clearly a very sick man if running addiction is a disease.
But it’s all bullshit. Gump was just trying to find himself as we all are as humans.
The government mandated life of becoming a hard working, child rearing patriot is enough to turn anyone to drugs, sex and mindless violence for an escape.
Throughout your daily life you live in a protracted state of terminal inhibition, yet you wonder why you let yourself loose on the weekend with Jagermeister.
We learn to douse the boredom and low level anxiety with reality TV, junk food and consumerism. We’re taught that having an addictive personality is a defect, rather than a gift. Sure, it becomes a bit of a problem if you’re channelling your addictive personality towards crack biscuits, thievery and/or gambling but most people don’t do that.
Rather than making people feel hopeless, running gives people hope. Maybe it’s false hope. In wintertime you gradually see dark mornings becoming brighter. You take heart when you see improvements in your own performance.
You may still be really quite fucked up inside but your running addiction/disease gives you time to breathe and assess your life a little. It gives you more space before you accidentally stumble into the next calamity.
You might come across to your peers as a little weird, but most of them are pissing away the apathy in their lives with Kardashian hell.