It’s too bad that entering addiction treatment has become the standard method for politicians and celebrities to avoid accountability.
Mark Foley, Jason Blair, Mel Gibson and Bob Ney are just a few examples. It often feel like a cynical attempt to avoid accountability and ennoble their suffering.
What does this do to public understanding of addiction? Nothing good I think. It also resurrects important questions of personal responsibility and addiction.
I’m expecting that we’ll see Foley on Larry King talking about his experiences and suggesting that he wasn’t really responsible for his actions because of his alcoholism, but that he is nobly taking full responsibility for them. It will turn people’s stomachs and further stigmatize addiction and treatment. Let’s hope we avoid the spectacle.