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Monday, April 2, 2012

An Epidemic of Sorts

I've shared with you recently my husband's struggles with addiction.

I wish my story could just stop there and he be the only one addicted.

Unfortunately that's not the case.

It's a freaking epidemic out there.

A few weeks ago we read an article in the paper about a girl my sister was best friends with in middle and high school. They were arrested and her young son was taken away. Why? Because there were drugs and syringes all over the vehicle within reach of the 2 year old child. Who wasn't even restrained even though there was a car seat in the vehicle. This girl? She's been in and out of rehab her whole life and is a mom to 3 kids. Who she will now only see on occasional visits.

Even worse?

We found out on Saturday that my sister's very best friend from grade school passed away due to an overdose. She had just gotten her life back together - she was a nurse, had her own place and seemed to be beating her addiction. Her father is a retired cop. And now  - just heart break remains.

When I say this girl was her best friend - I mean she LIVED at our house pretty much. The two of them were inseparable when we lived in NY. I felt like she was another sister. They had of course drifted apart over the years but thanks to the wonders of Facebook reconnected and were making plans to meet up the next time my sister was in NY.

I know how my sister feels. Remember I lost an ex-boyfriend to the ravages of alcoholism. He literally drank himself to death. That was a guy I lived with for three years. Spent everyday with him and now he's just a memory I once had.

I don't know why drugs have taken such a hold on our age group and what the appeal is. I don't get it myself. I don't drink. I don't smoke. Pot made me projectile vomit so I never even saw the thrill in smoking it.

All I do know is that there's all these families and friends who are losing people they treasure most for a few minute high.

Is it really worth it?

6 comments:

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

It is so sad. My niece got hooked on meth. Her parents put her in rehab. Her life is a mess right now. I don't understand. She had so much going for her until she got hooked on that mess.

Melissa Estes said...

That is so sad! I'm so sorry for the recent losses and struggles.

Samantha said...

My family right now is struggling with drugs with my two brothers. It's like they literally can't stop.

My husband is a drug addict...but he's been sober for a year and a half now. I've been through it with him, and it's literally something that I just don't understand.

It's hard, and I don't understand what this epidemic is...but it's bad...and it's everywhere...and it's not hard to find or get a fix...

...it's sickening.

The Suburban Princess said...

It isn't worth it at all. I don't see what the appeal is either.

lori said...

You're so right. I don't get it either. Addiction has no age limit, no income limits, no boundries whatsoever. My daughter is 18 and addicted to meth. It's heartbreaking. I hope rehab helps you husband and I'm sorry you're going through it. The one good thing is that there is lots of support out there.

Natalie said...

That is so sad...I hate that addiction has taken so many close to you.

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