For all those who see all the purple banners on overdose awareness day or see the videos of people with substance abuse disorders passed out and you scroll on by thinking, ” I’m glad that doesn’t affect me, I’m glad I taught my kids better” or “someone should have got them help”
I applaud you.
I truly do.
I am sooo glad that you have never had to watch your beautiful child turn into someone you didn’t know,
I’m sooo glad you’ve never had to get a call from the inmate phone system asking if you’ll accept the charges……
I’m soooo glad you’ve never had the experience of watching your 28 year old, 240 lb son thrash around in the back seat sweating, then freezing, begging his own mother to please take him to get drugs to stop this sickness, as you’re trying to take him to rehab…
I’m sooo glad you’ve never had to see a dad in a restaurant with his kids & have your heart ache so deeply that your son isn’t with his kids,
I’m so glad you don’t have to sit down at a delicious meal & feel a twinge of guilt knowing your child hasn’t ate for days & wondering where he even is…
I’m so glad you’ve never had to see your precious grandkids celebrate a birthday & not knowing the words to tell them that their dad has a progressive illness that teaches him lies & that’s its NOT because they are not worthy of love…
I’m glad that you would never tell a dying lung cancer patient that they shouldn’t have started smoking..
I truly am.
Because I wouldn’t wish this nightmare on anyone.
I would never want anyone to lay awake at night, unable to stop the tears, wondering what they could have have done differently..
I’m very glad that you taught your kids to make better choices, & that you’ve never broke the speed limit or took a drink or had something so traumatic in your life that you just needed to get through the pain for a minute… And if you did, Luckily you were able to stop or walk away with any devastating effects. Great genes, or coping skills. Help teach those to others. Obedience has great results, but not if it makes us look down on others who-for whatever reason didn’t go-down that ←→ path.
This IS everyone’s problem…
Addiction affects every aspect of society whether directly or indirectly.
I don’t want one more parent to have to bury a child as shown in this Facebook group due to drugs or alcohol, but the only way that’s going to happen is if we ALL take on this pandemic & get rid of judgements and stigmas which bring MORE SHAME to all involved.
We need to create practical affordable solutions for all-while eliminate the waste & fraud in treatment.
Even if that means opening our mind up to alternative treatments such as Harm reduction.
The death rate is frightening and it IS A pandemic as it affects the core of the family structure, jobs, crime, the jail system, and little kids who grow up with the stigma of a parent in jail or who has died.
If you don’t have any idea how to help start with the words we use, such as junkie, and worthless. These are very shaming and hurtful to the families & children of addicts. And don’t forgot, under that hardened core of a dysfunctional chaotic addict is a person in pain with zero healthy coping skills. The least we can do is not to add to it.
It’s going to take all hands on deck to help stop this nightmare, just like the virus did.
Please please offer your compassion and time. Even if you don’t understand how it gets to this you can still give
HOPE to a suffering addict, or a kind word to the family of a person with a substance use disorder.
You can give that beggar on the corner a $5 McDonald’s card to let him know that yes someone does give a damn today….
Without hope, everyone suffers