The impact of substance abuse on every sector of society today has created a range of drug use stories with various alternate endings. More than anything else, the recounting of these life-altering narratives help others to recognize similarities in their experience with using drugs. It is not uncommon for people to check themselves into a treatment center after listening to the trail of loss and pain that accompany out of obsessive and compulsive drug abuse and addiction.
Drug use stories however, are not only helpful for people struggling with substance abuse. They are also beneficial for the families and friends of those who share the lives of a loved one in addiction. A classic example is the story of Munchie Morgan, whose sister Sarah’s battle ended in a suicide. Disbelief and denial are common reactions when you realize someone as close as a sibling is using drugs.
According to Munchie, she found it hard to breath the first time she saw a heroin needle sticking out of her sister’s makeup bag. Like so many others before her, Munchie did the usual things to help her sister before realizing that she had no idea how to stop Sarah from what she describes as “walking down a path of drugs and destruction. Sadly, this is one addiction story that did not have a happy ending. But the story did not end with Sarah’s death. For Munchie and the rest of the Morgan family, the memory, pain and struggle caused by Sarah’s futile death lingers on and most likely will for years to come.
Drug abuse has become a serious problem on a global scale. According to a recent United Nation’s report, drug abuse kills approximately 200,000 people each year. In the United States drug abuse deaths account for approximately 46,471 people. Then there are another 135,000 people who dealing with the daily horrors of a drug addiction lifestyle. Some of these individuals will die before they can receive treatment or because of a drug relapse. Everyone that is trapped in the cycles of addiction or have died as a result of it have loved ones that are either reeling from the loss or living under a cloud of fear of the disaster that continued drug use can bring.
Although all addiction stories are replete with the pain and struggle of this condition, some never get the opportunity to experience the joy of overcoming this debilitating disease. For those who do, they often are able to resume productive lives and help others who are where they used to be get the help they need. There are thousands of addicts today who do not seek or receive treatment for a number of reasons. However, an encouraging statistic released by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) indicated that based on the national recovery rates at least 23.5 million Americans have overcome drug abuse and in recovery.
Although studies show drug interventions have a 95% success rate of helping addicts get into treatment program, many people hesitate or wait too long to stage them. As such, drug interventions are a grossly overlooked opportunity for families and friends to help their loved ones stop the abuse. According to a report from the Mayo Clinic, most people in addiction are in denial or unable because of the neurological impairment caused by addiction to seek help for themselves. Drug interventions help people in addiction to come to grips with the effect of their drug use on themselves and their loved ones. When properly planned and executed, arrangements are made prior to the intervention to go directly into a treatment facility. As such, the person in addiction is presented with the opportunity to begin the process of taking back control of their lives.
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