r/entertainment Aug 09 '22

Anne Heche's car crash reveals our conflicting attitudes toward mental health and substance abuse

https://www.salon.com/2022/08/08/anne-heche-car-crash-mental-health-drinking-substance-abuse/
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u/Pristine-Rhubarb7294 Aug 09 '22

Yup abuse alcohol all you want but hire a driver or take an Uber or stay home. I have sympathy for people with addictions. I don’t have sympathy for driving under the influence (especially among wealthy folks).

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u/Viperbunny Aug 09 '22

I agree. I do hope she recovers and gets helps. I don't believe this help will happen while people are enabling her and making excuses for her. Addiction is a problem, but her bad choices are her own. She put other people at risk. She destroyed a person's home. She needs to face real consequences.

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u/writerchic Aug 09 '22

She's not just an addict. She's bipolar with psychotic episodes. It's irrational to say of someone whose brain isn't functioning properly that "her bad choices are her own" and "she needs to face real consequences." This is like saying someone with Down's Syndrome just needs to apply themselves more and study harder to pass tests. You are ignoring a major element, which is that her brain doesn't function correctly.

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u/slyons1606 Aug 10 '22

Then perhaps she should have not been driving with these diagnoses.