Although it’s been off air for a few years, the medical drama had a lot to say about addiction. The story’s protagonist was a sociopath named Doctor House who felt the need to be in control at all times but he also experienced chronic pain which lead to an addiction to the opioid Vicodin. Spoilers may follow.

House is No Role Model

From the very first episode of House we can see that he abuses Vicodin, which is a brand name of hydrocodone – a very powerful opiate. Right from the start he fills a prescription for a patient with mints and keeps the drug for himself. This is a great example of the extremes some people will go to for their addiction.

Later, we see the denial House faces. He insists that the pain is so great that he can’t do his job without the Vicodin. When faced with a bet to go without Vicodin for a week, he begins to experience withdrawal symptoms as he detoxes. Eventually, he accepts that he is an addict, but relapses back onto Vicodin denying that it’s a problem.

 

The Cards Fall

Discovery InstituteDr. House’s addiction grows worse throughout the series as he builds a tolerance to the drug and reaches out for stronger drugs to get his fix. Morphine and ketamine make appearances and House even steals a fellow doctor’s prescription pad to get more access to the drug.

Later in the series House manages to briefly succeed at detox but soon relapses. Things get much worse as he transitions to an experimental drug that does anything but help. All this spirals to the final episode which won’t be spoiled here, but continues the theme of the problems with opioid addiction.

 

Letting Go

While House‘s exploration of opioid abuse may have been far from perfect and occasionally relied on drug addiction as for humor, the over-all plot is both sympathetic and tragic. We see someone who is struggling with a serious problem. We also see that House has many people who care for him and provide countless opportunities to recover. So why doesn’t House recover? He can’t give up control. He can’t accept that others might be right, that he might be out of control, that the drug runs his life.

Don’t be like House. Recognize that people want to help you and accept that to get better you may need to give up some control. There are detox and rehab centers in New Jersey ready to help. Give us a call now at  844-478-6563.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by The Digital Intellect

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