Speaking loudly and clearly about the fight for Opioid addiction, the approach with helping individuals who struggle with an addiction deserves and needs an accessible, extended and most importantly, an effective treatment plan – In hopes that this will facilitate achievement of a desired outcome or result.
Many people who live in our surrounding communities fail to help those who struggle with addiction because they are in denial about this epidemic of Opioids and/or other drugs, refusing to accept or believe that their loved ones have an addiction. Meanwhile, our nation is facing a pervasive and far-reaching problem. The misconception and denial come from people believing that the individuals who stand on our street corners, the homeless, and the minorities, are those people who are fighting with addictions the most.
And yes, amongst these individuals there is a large population of people who are fighting addiction and a multitude of other problems. However, the problem lies in the tendency for society to forget, or deny, that addiction does not discriminate; addiction transcends socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, religion, race, ethnicity, and age. Young men and women from white, middle-class homes, do not evade this killer in the night. Some may even argue that their position affords ease of attainment, protection from scrutinizing eyes, and exclusion from outreach efforts to fight this spreading epidemic, thus leaving them even more vulnerable to falling prey to the opioid epidemic.
The brave men and women who struggle to overcome this danger cannot fight this addiction alone. They are fighting against an opponent much bigger, much smarter, much more cunning; often making their individual attempts to fight, no matter how genuine and full-hearted, feeble and futile at best. And how do we know this? By the number of fatality overdoses in our nation that is caused by synthetic Opioids.
So don’t make the mistake of believing that your best friend, your family member, even you, are not at risk, that you are immune to the sly hunter looking for its next victim. Talk to each other, reach out, support each other. Be there for each other. Don’t leave someone alone with the needle being their only source of conciliation.
This blog is dedicated to the SOS Raymond Roundtree Jr. Foundation and to Lorraine Hoover. Thank you, for allowing God to move so gracefully in you and through you. He has given you a spiritual vision for His will, therefore, God let your will be done. “We can rejoice too when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5: 3-4.