Addiction Unmasked

Addiction Unmasked

May 09, 2016

Few people are truly good at hiding their addiction from the world. But they try because they feel guilt, shame, or embarrassment about the part of their life that’s spinning out of control. The ugly creature of addiction takes hold and negatively affects personal, family, and work relationships. At the risk of being judged, the addict feels it’s easier to hide the addicted monster than to talk about it.

Artist, Jordan Bouma, illustrates how alcoholism can be a slow fade from “fun times” to addiction with drastic consequences.  Jordan says, "the artwork is simplistic in its melancholy scribbles, making the transition from human to creature very smooth on the eyes. The messy style shows the violent movements of the still image as the creature loses himself to drunken tendencies and then reverts back in to a small child, a childhood maybe he was trying to drown in booze."  This design is about breaking the silence and starting the tough conversation about addiction. When we talk about a problem we have, the secret is then out and the path to recovery can be laid.

What do you think of this design?  What images and thoughts does it conjure up in you and how does it help show the world who you are?  Add to the conversation by commenting below.



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