Posts tagged Addiction
As I See It 2... By: Liz Lucey

Over 24 million Americans 12 and older suffer from alcohol or substance abuse, or both. Triple this number (at least) if you consider their loved ones who suffer right along with us.  Of this 24 million, only about 2 million are admitted into treatment each year.  This means there are over 20 million untreated people with a substance abuse disorder in the United States now.  Many of those untreated are incarcerated, and the remainder are dying. There is no other option besides recovery, jail, or death. There seriously is no other option, as there is no such thing as a “functioning addict.”  It is significantly easier for an addict to get a bag of dope than to get help.  We are at a critical point in our history as a country, and treatment and recovery is going to be determined by our collective voices or our collective silence.  Those that have found a solution need to use their voice and speak up.  Although it is considered progress that substance abuse is recognized as a treatable medical disease, it also made the field of addiction treatment a “business.”  When this happened, managed health care recognized the profits of this new “industry” and the business of recovery and treatment fell into their hands.  And they have no idea how to treat us, so people continue to use, continue to die, and the stigma emerges that we do not comply with treatment and do not want the help they are providing.  The recovering community is their only resource for a viable solution.  Unlike other diseases, they must go to the ones with the problem to find their solution.  If we remain silent, we are contributing to the problem.  De-stigmatizing and reducing the shame of addiction is possible by showing our faces and using our voices.  Those that are ignorant and judge the addict are justified if they do not see that there are millions living a life of recovery and productivity alongside them.  

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First Responder's Day 2016 Newport, DE

First Responder's Day 2016  Newport, Delaware

Dear LifeSaver,

You didn't think twice when the call came in, you came immediately without hesitation.

If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have made it. I got a second chance at life. Please know, I am paying it forward to the next one who needs it.

We want you to enjoy and have fun on this day. Please know that these lives you saved, aren't going to waste. They grow and are making change. 

We now understand the bold sacrifice you made and we thank God for your decision "to save”.

"Thanks"... NO. That is not enough. 

So… We hope to make you proud with the work we have done. I make a promise on this day and I won't forget that you rescued a kid you never even met.

Hope one day we will meet and I will get to show you...

 

...that you rescued Hope and she did't even know it.

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"If we don't change, we won't improve." -Colonel Elmer Setting

Colonel Elmer Setting has been in service to New Castle County for 28 years. He is a passionate, educated and down to earth human being with an strong understanding of the addiction crisis in our country, especially in New Castle County.  He has been practicing community policing with his team in efforts to help with the drug related criminal offenses.

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Married to Addiction By: Anonymous

As all relationships start out you find yourself completely taken over by emotion and excitement.  In my case, meeting him was a surprise, just a chance meeting.  It did not come without apprehension.  I had been alone a year and raising a child after a 3 year relationship with a man that was emotionally and physically abusive.  I had decided at that time to find peace and move forward, enrolling in college classes, work and raising my 5 year old daughter.  

I never discussed his past, other than the usual questions such as “where do you live?” and “where do you work?”.  He did offer that he was just recently released from prison after completing 6 years for drug distribution.  He seemed genuine and forthcoming with anything I was interested in knowing so with that said, we moved forward and started dating.  Right away he introduced me to his family and invited me to any gathering.  I developed a relationship with his sisters and spent much time together.  After a few months of dating I felt it time to tell my family.  I was raised in a middle to upper class home, never needed anything.  Two hard working parents that moved me through catholic school and hoped for a college education, husband and family.  At 22 yrs, I gave birth to my first child, and after living away from home for 4 yrs, quickly realized that I was not able to raise her alone.  I moved home and was in the process of sorting out my life and options and along he came.  At first there was hesitation, my last relationship was toxic and my parents watched as I was being controlled and I was not doing anything about it.  They wanted to make sure that this new guy was going to show me respect and that he was genuine.  I assured them and asked that they meet.  He won them over, very pleasant, again forthcoming in conversation and put them at ease.  

In January 1999, I attended a New Year’s Eve party at the home of his Aunt.  At midnight the ball dropped and after a year of dating, he proposed.  It was a shock, however, I was excited.  I was 28 yrs old with a child and he accepted me and wanted to make a life with me.  After 5 months of planning and a simple ceremony, we were married.

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