I just finished watching Grays Anatomy; Season 2, Episode 16 “It’s The End Of The World”. What would you do if this was your last day on earth? Do you know? Can you think of what you might do? I know I would make sure that I was with Sean and my kids. What a blessing to know that I wouldn’t have to cop first or get some money together to try to make sure I was not sick. Recovery is good. God is good.
We were visiting Sean last night in the hospital. He’s doing well. He was in some pain and discomfort and they made him wait every 4 hours for pain Meds. I went to to the nurse to see if they could move it up to every 3 hours. The nurse was very, very nice. I told her I worked in the addiction treatment field and she told me she was originally from Uniontown. I said “Oh small world!” She proceeded to ask me if I knew that they just shut down the largest treatment facility in PA which was located in Uniontown!! I said, “Oh as a matter of fact yes I do know…that was MY facility.” Her jaw dropped and we proceeded to talk and she told me that she thought it was absolutely ridiculous that it was closed and that it was needed more than ever. Unfortunately it is talked about wherever I go. It seems never ending.
Addiction is “never ending”. Addiction is the “big white elephant” in the middle of the room that family members walk around and act like it isn’t there. It starts very very very early in life. Actually it is hereditary. Unfortunately society thinks that it’s best to not tell our kids that we have experimented with drugs. Society teaches that it is best to LIE to them. “What they don’t know won’t hurt them”…..such an untrue statement !! Be honest with your kids. Tell them the truth. Educate them and let them know what is going on. Don’t scare them. Don’t threaten them. Don’t make them think that addicts and alcoholics are “bad people.” Let them know that if they are genetically predisposed to this disease that they truly should think very very hard before they make a decision to take that first drink or drug. THIS IS WHEN THEIR EDUCATION BEGINS. PLEASE don’t be one of those parents that say “be careful & drink responsibly!” or the parent that says “as long as they drink while they are at home and I take the car keys then it’s OK”. And I cannot for the life of me understand how parents can tell their kids that it is not OK to break the law and then turn around and be OK when their child drinks before the age of 21. (because everyone does it!). ALCOHOL IS A DRUG!!! And a drug is a drug is a drug….. Alcohol, marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, are all drugs. And an addict can NEVER use ANY of them. If they do choose to use one of them the addict will be unable to stop OR they will use whichever one of them they like the best, i.e. their drug of choice!!! Just so you know, when I use the term “addict” I mean alcoholic and when I use the word addiction I also mean alcoholism. There is no difference between the two. The only reason there is any differentiation is because thereare two fellowships, i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. This can be very confusing for people who are just beginning to learn about the disease of addiction.
I do not know what type of tangent I am going to get on when I’m writing so please bear with me. If you have anything that you would like me to blog about please let me know again thank you for your support and please send prayers for Sean and the Sugarmann family.