so tough for Jimmi in The
Orange Houses that the normal coping mechanisms—friends and
family—can't keep up. So where does he go for relief? Drugs and alcohol. They
numb his pain… but they also disconnect him from his life. Jimmi eventually realizes
that he has no friends or life to speak of, and he even gets to the point where
he wonders if life is worth living. Still, though, he turns to drugs to soothe
his pain, called back by their numbness even as he watches them destroy his
Questions About Drugs and Alcohol
How do drugs and alcohol affect Jimmi's perception of life? What is different about him when he's not on drugs?
Jimmi refuse drugs at the hospital, but then go looking for a dealer? What is
his fear about taking drugs?
says only Jimmi can help himself at this point. Is this true? Do you think
Fatima and Mik do enough to help Jimmi with his drug problem?
Chew on This
uses drugs to try to numb himself and escape his troubled life.
though Jimmi tries to get rid of his drug habit, he can't because he's
depressed without the numbing that comes with the drugs.