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7th Jun '17 3:20:32 PM Linda58
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Season 2, Laurel having turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with repeated trauma, grief, and guilt is initially this. Several other characters are noticeably worried, but she manages to balance her addition and job as an ADA. Then Sebastian Blood exposes the fact she's illegally self medicating when he realizes she knows he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity, leading to her being fired from the DA's office ''and'' facing a review from the Bar Association. Lacking a reason to ''be'' functional, she quickly stops being functional and spirals.
4th Jun '17 11:05:54 AM Drgonzo
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* Creator/HunterSThompson put his drug use on center stage in much of his work, including ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.

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* Creator/HunterSThompson put his drug use on center stage in much of his work, including ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''. He was also a ''legendary'' drinker. To the point where his biography notes that at one point he went in for an operation and nearly died after the surgery from ''alcohol withdrawal.''
3rd Jun '17 2:42:07 PM DavidDelony
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* Studies have shown that giving pure medical heroin on prescription left a group of heroin addicts more functional than a control group that was treated with methadone.

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* Studies have shown that giving pure medical heroin on prescription left a group of heroin addicts more functional than a control group that was treated with methadone. In countries that allow these kinds of programs, they figure it's better to have addicts get their fix in a medically supervised setting with known purities of the drug rather than them getting them off the street. The theory also applies to methadone maintenance. Methadone doesn't get users high, but as with heroin maintenance therapy allows addicts to develop a stable lifestyle instead of committing crimes to get their fix.
29th May '17 9:59:52 PM Daedalis
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* Derrick Hinch of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' smokes weed regularly during his downtime, but he's holding down a job as a freelance tattoo artist, maintaining relationships with his girlfriend and son, and is very useful to Dana on high-risk missions. None of that redeems him in Dana's eyes due to the addiction and his lack of ambition.
27th May '17 10:04:24 PM Gamermaster
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* Kobayashi from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' drinks a lot of beer (and is often seen suffering from hangovers), but it never interferes with her job as a programmer or her role as Kanna's ParentalSubstitute.
6th May '17 8:25:40 AM Reflextion
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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' {{implie|dTrope}}s this with leaders who develop the "Substance Abuser" trait. The description notes that the leader has turned to substance abuse (the specific substance being left to the player's imagination) [[INeedAFreakingDrink to cope with the stresses of their position]]. While it noticeably shortens their lifespan, they're not any worse at doing their job until they shuffle off the mortal coil.
8th Mar '17 3:09:28 PM system
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28th Feb '17 7:28:27 AM tonystork
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* Creator/StephenKing wrote about a dozen book in this state. "Deadlights" are what you encounter when you get back home at midnight (possibly drunk).
25th Feb '17 6:18:04 PM Katsuhagi
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%%* ''Webcomic/StringTheory'': Dr. Schtein, without a doubt.

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%%* * ''Webcomic/StringTheory'': Dr. Schtein, without a doubt. Considering all the drugs he's on, it's astonishing he can manage to walk, let alone work as a super-scientist for the government.
6th Feb '17 1:34:05 PM BloodPlum
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* ''FanFic/SugarPlums'' the main character Ume is mentioned in passing to dependent on sleeping pills to get more than few hours of sleep a night because of constant nightmares [[ShellShockedVeteran caused by her experiences]]. This isn't treated as a big deal by anyone until [[spoiler:she also starts using antidepressants but neglects to tell most of her companions for fear that they'll think she's broken. Not only do said antidepressants cause negative side effects (like headaches and nausea) when she uses jutsu (because chakra is linked to emotions, so chemicals that regulate emotions messes with the drug) but after being heavily injured in a fight and going unconcious for several days she almost dies in the hospital because she starts [[RealityEnsues suffering seizures from withdrawal]].]]
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