If you are a fan of the Walt Disney Company, animated films, or just comedy in general, the chances are high that you love to return to a classic pioneer of modern animated slapstick: Goofy. Since his creation in 1932, this loveable anthropomorphic dog has served as the “everyman,” someone each of us can relate to in a special way. From road rage to caring for a newborn child, Goofy has experienced the full-blown pain of humanity, but possibly one of his most infamous episodes occurred when, of all things, he was addicted to nicotine. Yes, you read that right. During his long-term career, the dog struggled to overcome his love for smoking, and we laughed at every single agonizing moment. Let’s take a closer look at the classic cartoon “No Smoking” and see how it applies to today.
Addiction of the Masses
Before we begin, you must remember that “No Smoking” was released during a time when cigarettes were still part of the status quo. Men reached for the cigars as part of celebrations, while women casually smoked with their girlfriends at parlors. In the 1951 short film, though, Goofy teaches us a valuable lesson, taking us on a journey from the creation of cigarettes to the struggles of addiction.
In “No Smoking,” Goofy plays George Geef, a man who is suffering from a pretty nasty case of nicotine addiction. In fact, the chain smoker goes to any lengths to stuff cigarettes into his mouth during the day, afternoon, and evening. He even crams tobacco products in his mouth while he’s asleep.
Desperation for Smoking
Ultimately, George makes the life-saving decision to stop smoking and succeeds for a while, until, of course, he gets a whiff of tobacco smoke. In one of the funniest moments of the cartoon, he runs around his office building and around town on a desperate hunt for cigarettes or cigars, demonstrating the true power of nicotine addiction. While played for laughs, Goofy does help us realize how drugs drive people mad and inflict a range of health problems, like coughing and wheezing. Who would’ve thought one of Disney’s most beloved characters could teach such a mature lesson to adults?
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.