This Is What I Know For Sure Today:
The world is very complacent when it comes to addiction and alcoholism issues. I am not saying every single person puts addiction on the back burner, but no one seems to want to make a difference until it touches their lives. Then everything hits the fan.
The truth is, everyone can make a difference when it comes to helping those with drug and alcohol issues. It is a disease as much as diabetes, cancer, AIDS, heart disease, poor eyesight, and the list goes on. Most of us are predisposed to addiction/alcoholism as it tends to run somewhere in the family…just like most diseases.
Yes, dealers need to be dealt with severely. In their own way, they are killing people. But, what about the alcohol that has found a place in some child’s home? What about the prescription drugs that sit on the shelves of their family members? I am not BLAMING or trying to shame anyone. I am asking you all to pay attention to those around you.
I spend a great deal of time with homeless youth and women in prison. They all have something in common…low self-esteem. The kids ended up in the foster care system, where there are just not enough workers to oversee their care, and definitely not enough wonderful families willing to take on a foster child. They are abused, used as housekeepers, used as a paycheck…and they go from one home to another with little notice, if any. Eventually, they trust no one. They run, they find themselves on the street and hungry. They meet another homeless child who tells them the best way to get money for food is to prostitute themselves. Okay, the child has probably already been molested and they think…oh well, at least I will get paid this time. The act is so disgusting that they begin to get high or drunk or both in order to do it. The next thing they know, they are getting high to be high. They forget they are hungry. And the vicious circle gets bigger. Most of my homeless kids have every sexually transmitted virus in the book, and I can’t get them help, they are minors. They will run away if I try to put them back into the system. They have just given up. Before you know it, they end up getting arrested. Eventually, if they don’t die, they will be the women I see in prison. They have no education, no self-esteem, their health is shot, they have lost their children and the circle continues.
You can help by getting involved. Write your Congress people and Senators, your Governor, the president. Write your pastors, your school districts superintendents, your mayors. Write a letter to your newspaper editor.
Most of us never asked to become addict/alcoholics. There are many kinds of addiction…
gambling, excessive eating, not eating, sex, video games, shopping, and on and on.
You can help. You have power. Those with addiction issues need affordable detox and long term rehabilitation. Most have no money and for certain no insurance. Everyday we lose more and more people to this…it is a pandemic.
Please get involved…you will be saving a life.
Sarah-Pink Welch @ 2012
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