Misconception: People with drug addictions have no morals.
Truth: People always have lists of things that they think are right and things they think are wrong.
People with drug addictions do things they never thought they would do, but I do not believe these are things they think are wrong and they have thrown out their conscience. I think these are things that they never thought they would do and now find themselves doing those things. People may engage in prostitution and they never thought they would do that. They might have thought prostitution was low, certainly beneath them, but they were not truly opposed to two consenting adults forming a mutually beneficial, episodic or temporary, transactional relationship.
People might take up shoplifting. Again, this is a practice they never thought they would engage in. However, in their pre-drug days I am sure they were not opposed to big corporations losing some of their wealth to the same people they had taken advantage of through monopolies or low pay, or whatever.
Morality looks different to people with addictions because they do not always line up their standards with what society and the law hold as right and wrong, legal and illegal. Addicts have their own code. The notion that a person can invent her own rules because other people’s rules do no apply to her is one of the hallmarks of addiction. a self-developed moral code is still a set of standards. People with drug addictions have morals if you define morals as a set of beliefs that govern what an individual thinks is acceptable and unacceptable behavior for themselves and others, and the behavior that follows from these beliefs. If you doubt me and You think addicts have thrown rules out the window, ask them how they get their money if they have no visible means of support. They must be doing something to get by and that something is probably nothing they imagined for themselves. Yet addicts do not give up on themselves. They maintain their humanity within their own minds so they can have hope, so they can look at themselves int he mirror. Right and wrong do matter. There is no way to unlearn the cultural practice of pondering and adopting moral standards. I promise you that any addict witout a visible means of support will tell you, in response to to any question about the rightness or wrongness of their daily hustle: “I may do this, but I never have, and I never will, do THAT.” Examples include but are not limited to statements such as: “I never steal from my friends. I only take from stores” Sex workers say, “I don’t cheat on my husband. I have sex for money. Never for love.” These are two real world examples of morality within illegality that allow people to have hope for themselves. October 30, 2021, Honolulu Hawaii, 9:15 p.m.