Drug abuse takes tragic toll on addicts and their families

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Recent articles in The Wilson Times on combating drug abuse in Wilson and surrounding communities provide information on sources of help. A drug addict is someone who is devoted to taking drugs habitually and cessation causes severe trauma. It is one of the worst problems confronting American life today. The newspaper fails to answer the most perplexing question on recovery: How to sustain it. Doctors will tell you that it is hard to help those who have this sad condition.

Only a family of a loved one can tell you of the pain and suffering that plague youth and their families. The addiction may start out with painkillers, but it may also begin as exploratory, exciting and entertaining behavior. The youth may not realize the truth of the warnings and the effects on his or her future.

Addiction ruins their lives. They may not be able to work and hold a job. It costs government and families a great amount of money. It is a horrendous scourge on families and society. The user may seek help in rehab and detoxify with good intentions of recovery only to slip back into the habit.

Only a family can tell of the pain, disappointment and heartache watching their loved one suffer from the wasted life and the mental anguish. Limited quality time and conflicting emotions of the desire to help and the inadequacy to do so are very stressful to the family.

The power of the opioids planted on the brain have long been known to history. Addicts may treat their longsuffering parents with verbal abuse and disrespect, and through distorted thinking, blaming everyone but themselves. There is interrupted sleep, missed vacations, emergency telephone calls. It is an emotional roller coaster for the families every day.

The abusers may turn to crime to support their habit in spite of the help their parents afford. How do you prevent youth from drug addiction? It’s a quandary. The only sure solution is drug unavailability. The ultimate frustration is that this misery and tragedy doesn’t have to happen.

Health, medical and rescue personnel deserve praise for what they do to save lives from overdose.

Lenore P. Smith