Sarah - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )
I've seen a few threads about addictions lately, and i'm wondering about the different levels of sympathy people have for different types of addiction.
For example, there was a thread about hoarding, and the general consensus seemed to be a sympathetic one, that the woman in question needed help and support.
There is another thread about smoking while pregnant however, and the general consensus seemed to be, 'just quit and get over it'
Why are people more willing to offer help and support and advice for one addiction over another??
It seems to me, that even addictions like drugs and alcohol receive a more sympathetic ear than an addiction to cigarettes.
I'm NOT trying to advocate smoking in any way, just to be clear, i just feel that people are far more ready to lecture and make people feel bad, rather than trying to help, support and encourage those who are trying quit.
So, what i'm interested in, is why certain addictions seem to warrant sympathy, while others don't. :)