struggling

It is the person who is struggling with opioid addiction, their loved ones, and the affected communities. This is why Options Treatment was created. The addict has been taken down a very dark path. It is not a path that they ever saw themselves wanting to go down. It has robbed individuals of their pride, their dignity, their self-respect. No one chooses this lifestyle. It is something that began with a trickle and turned into an all-out flood destroying most everything in its path. I am thinking of the Big Thompson flood of 1976 in Colorado. The awesome power and destruction that was dealt to such beautiful land, taking the lives of innocent bystanders. In my mind, I imagine standing there watching in terror as the turbulent waters are getting ready to slam down on you. This, a metaphor for what addiction does to us. It strikes fear, brings darkness, leaving us feeling empty, hollowed out, ravaged, torn up. The disease of addiction can create such awesome destruction to those around the using individual that was not thought possible. Why does the addict continue this behavior? Why do we continue to engage in a behavior that we know is killing us and ruining our relationships with those we love? The answers will come in later blogs. I want to shed just a glimpse of light on the pain of addiction. In future blogs I will attempt to address the stigma that comes with addiction. We are at an interesting point in our country’s history when it comes to addiction. We see and hear all over the news that there is an opioid epidemic in this country. Many well-meaning people are crying out that we need to do something about it. All you need to do is look up the CDC’s current reports on opioid addiction in this country, and you will see alarming numbers of overdose and deaths as it relates to these powerful drugs. And at the same time, we live in a culture where those who are not suffering from this disease, or are yet seemingly unaffected by it, are yelling back, “stay out of my backyard! Don’t bring that trash anywhere near me. Go get treatment but don’t do it anywhere near me. I’m sick of watching these junkies hang around at the highway exit or in the downtown area where I like to sit and have my coffee!” What they don’t understand is that they are in fact, already being affected. And the chances are, they will have a loved one who falls prey to this dehumanizing experience.

Why does the addict continue this behavior?

Why do we continue to engage in a behavior that we know is killing us and ruining our relationships with those we love?

The answers will come in later blogs. I want to shed just a glimpse of light on the pain of addiction. In future blogs I will attempt to address the stigma that comes with addiction.

We are at an interesting point in our country’s history when it comes to addiction. We see and hear all over the news that there is an opioid epidemic in this country. Many well-meaning people are crying out that we need to do something about it.

All you need to do is look up the CDC’s current reports on opioid addiction in this country, and you will see alarming numbers of overdose and deaths as it relates to these powerful drugs.

And at the same time, we live in a culture where those who are not suffering from this disease, or are yet seemingly unaffected by it, are yelling back, “stay out of my backyard! Don’t bring that trash anywhere near me.Go get treatment but don’t do it anywhere near me. I’m sick of watching these junkies hang around at the highway exit or in the downtown area where I like to sit and have my coffee!”

What they don’t understand is that they are in fact, already being affected. And the chances are, they will have a loved one who falls prey to this dehumanizing experience.