Zombies and the living dead are becoming increasingly prevalent in pop culture. From the incredibly successful show “The Walking Dead” to novels about zombies gracing the New York Times Best Sellers List, they have been firmly ingrained in our culture. It has been reported that their popularity correlates with society’s distress as zombies act as a catalyst of the masses’ fear of the growing financial and social decay around the world.
It is necessary to point out that, although not currently, zombies were once humans. It is also assumed that a majority of them held positions as functioning members of society before they became zombies. And even though zombies are obviously portrayed as the aggressors, it could be argued that they are just victims of circumstance and that they are not in their natural state.
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In this manner, the actions of zombies can actually relate to many of the clients of Koffel Brininger Nesbitt. Many of these people were under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol and acted in a way that they would not have in their regular state. Addiction is powerful enough to cause them to chase instant gratification and make decisions without going through the same thought process that a healthy person would.
Not unlike zombies, the mindset of an addict leads to irrational behavior. Both groups are, in the moment, not deterred by consequences and act on their very basic primal instincts. This mental state also leads them to reject social conformities that once kept them dutiful and the motivation of only instant gratification can lead to dangerous results in both scenarios.
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However, there is one key difference between actual zombies and the defendants of these drug and alcohol related crimes. Zombies, at the point of their transformation, are doomed to spend the rest of their time on earth in that form. Meanwhile, those addicted to drugs and alcohol still have the means to correct their ways. They can either maintain their destructive lifestyle or seek rehabilitation.
Those that come to Koffel Brininger Nesbitt have chosen to seek help in addition to challenging the charges brought against them. Recognizing addiction and taking responsibility for one’s offenses is the first step towards a cure.
By Owen Dirkse, Summer Clerk