A mother who just lost her son to a heroin overdose posted this from writer, Alicia Cook on her Facebook wall. It is her grief. Prayers that no other mother will have to bear this grief. Alicia Cook documents the pain many feel from addiction.
"Sometimes you don't realize you are holding yourself together until you aren't anymore. Suddenly, you're not the same person you thought you were just moments before. No. You are not okay, You are not fine. But you will be. When I say "you will be okay" I do not mean you will wake up one day and be the same person you were before the pain. Pain changes a person. But you will discover a new version of "you". One who has experienced the great sadness that only follows a great loss. One who knows the value of a good cry. One who knows that even after the coldest of winters, spring will still survive. "
I know his parents. His name was Justin. College educated, a kind soul who enjoyed working with dogs. You know the disposable ones, the dogs that seemed like a good idea at the time or who got old and needed more care just when the owner lost interest. Justin was that gentle soul who gave these disposable pets love and care.
Sadly, heroin addicts are becoming our disposable people. Stigma keeps us from caring. People think addiction is something the addict brought on themselves.
Get your loved one help. Don't give up. Push someone that you think is giving up on their loved one. Don't let addiction take another soul.
I love the song by The Fray. Very pointed.
Robert E Martin was featured in Sam Quiones book, Dreamland: A True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.
R E Martin and Associates provide interventions for families and businesses with an employee or loved ones suffering from an addiction, training and education for professionals on a variety of substance abuse and recovery topics, program evaluations, drug diversion prevention surveys for medical practices and hospitals and of course sober coaching.
See "Recovery Resources" on our website for treatment facilities we recommend.
Alanna is the Owner and Clinical Director of Breathe., LLC. Alanna is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Certified Heartmath Trainer. Alanna has over 20 years of experience working in the addictions field. Alanna takes a holistic approach when working with clients, combining the mind, body, and spirit in counseling.