Another Lesson from House: Addicts Are Selfish
I love the show House. I really learn a lot from it. Maybe I don’t necessarily learn from it, but it is more like I think about things more when looking at it being played out by actors. It makes me examine situations from real life and see how they compare to the tv world.
Today I saw Episode 15 from Season 7. Cuddy was scared that she could possibly have cancer. She had to undergo a lot to find out that she did not have it. But during this whole ordeal rather than focus on how it was affecting her, House was focused on how it was affecting him. He has been clean from using vicodin for a while (not sure how long) at this point but he used this as an excuse to use again. When confronted he told her that he was scared his girlfriend would die. Cuddy didn’t buy into it. She told him that he was selfish and had always been and was always going to look for an excuse to use.
I’ve seen in real life how addicts choose their addiction of choice over the people they supposedly love. This was a hard episode for me to watch because of that. It is painful when an addict chooses a chemical over a person. But they’re selfish. They choose masking their pain and vulnerabilities over caring for another human being. They may seem to care about others but if it came down to a choice, they’d choose their addiction. You may not want to think so but it is the truth. Yes, it is sad.
It was hard watching this episode of House. It was a little too real. I’ve seen it. But it reinforced the reality that addicts are selfish. I was like everyone else and wanted House and Cuddy to make it. I wanted it to be a match. I’m trying to finish out the season and see what happens. Yes, it is a tv show, but it does have a lot of real life scenarios. Cuddy needs to know that House will be there for her no matter what and do it without being under the influence of chemicals. She needs Gregory House, the man, not the addict.