Tuesday, August 06, 2019

It Touches Everyone

Some of you have read my novella, Surgeon's Choice, and commented that I write as though I know a lot about drug addiction. The answer is, "Yes, unfortunately." And I suspect that many of you all know about it, as well. Not that I've ever had that problem myself. As a physician, I've encountered it in others, so I have a passing acquaintance with the disorder. But the kicker is that, like some of you, I've had a family member who found himself in the thrall of narcotics. In his case, what was originally given as  necessary medication led to addiction, and eventually he ended up taking his own life.

This was brought to mind again a few days ago with the death of a young man, the son of a man with whom we had come in contact because of this problem. Another death related to addiction. It's real, folks, and don't think it will never affect you. It can.

I've said it before, and will repeat it now. We've all been touched by addiction, in some way or another. If there's a need for information or referral, try this help-line or check local resources.  I was surprised to see that assistance is available via the Salvation Army, for instance. We're not used to looking for help, but when we do, we usually find that it's readily available.

We can either ignore this menace, or do our best to fight it. I choose to do the latter. I hope you will join me.


Priscilla Bettis said...

Do I know someone affected by addiction? Yep. Sad as all get out.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, thanks for proving my point--and blessings.

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you for a thought-provoking post. It is such a sad thing what drugs have done to people I know. Unfortunately, until the addict wants to change, there is little anyone can do. Except pray. Right now I'm praying for a couple of people who have been straight for a couple of years now. But they know they're only one wrong decision away from falling back into addiction.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I appreciate your post...and you. Thanks.