In Slate, Shlane Schleger delivers a brutally honest account of his crack habit (or problem).
It sounds like a horrible existence to me, but it doesn’t fit the standard narrative of The Addict. What proportion of cocaine users are addicts in the normal sense that we think of them? What about heroin? Alcohol? Ritalin? Painkillers? My guess is, not many.
If you’re not an addict, then how do you balance the benefits that the drug brings vs. the toll that it takes? Who gets to make this decision?