OLI SYKES: “Bollocks” to addiction’s, political correctness
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I will be candid. I never heard of this guy or his band “Bring me the Horizon’s”until today however, I like the way he thinks. And what this title means (Bollocks) in England’s terminology is basically; “Screw addiction’s political correctness”
YES! A man after my own heart. He does not see addiction as a disease…for him anyway. And even better he calls for a “celebration of depression.” He isn’t saying that depression is great and we should all band together and pray for more of it. No, rather he is saying feel your feelings rather than trying to chronically fend them off and repress. We need no longer fear our feelings but rather let them flow through us. To do that we must accept them. I can relate! This theory is the foundation of healing. Maybe that is why he doesn’t see addiction as a disease because he realizes YOU CAN HEAL AND MOVE ON.
Picture this, a large Martini glass 6ft tall, green olive, plastic sword, and lots of Vodka and Vermouth. On the rim is me in a pink tutu, doing a balancing act. A long balancing pole and 12 meetings a week are the only thing preventing my decent into the poignant liquid by which I would get an instant intoxication followed by a 12 hour ride to the same place I left on my sobriety date ten years ago. SCREW THE DISEASE CONCEPT sorry folks I am not buying that pig to market. Granted, disease is a safe concept for the first oh___say 6 or 7 years of healing but after that…if I still need 4 meetings a week then I have not learned to live the program of 12 steps and have barked I mean balked at outside help. Please allow yourself to cry all the tears you stuffed down all those years of addiction. Yes I am saying crying for two or three years pretty regularly, share, journal, make a God box basically allow yourself some emotional diarrhea to heal. Your heart is not a tough girl.
The Interview on Video SEE HERE from APTV’s Ryan J. Downey
Musician Oli Sykes speaks about his critics- “They want you to say what’s in line with what their experience is like. They say like, “How dare you say drug addiction is not a disease.” I am telling you, it’s NOT, that’s what I think. Addiction is not a disease!” says Oli Sykes, perturbed that people are offended by his own experience. He shared how he overcame his addiction to drugs and some people were offended because he believes addiction is NOT a disease.
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Oliver says; “People have become so scared just to be alone with their feelings and their thoughts. And I realized that, for me, a massive part in sorting myself out was accepting what I’m feeling and just sort of letting myself experience it. the whole album’s about the celebration of depression—not saying, ‘Yeah, it’s a good thing to be depressed,’ but that it’s better to accept depression rather than trying to block out the darkness. It’s about accepting it, accepting who you are, and accepting what life is.”