“It’s strange – the one who tucked you into bed at night when you were seven years old can so quickly turn into the one you pull back from when they ask you for a hug at fifteen years old.”
Why did you love me if you had even the slightest thought that you could stop?
Last year, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses. That’s 150% more deaths than the number of people killed in car crashes. And opioids are involved in over 60% of the total number of deaths associated with drug overdoses. Simply put, that is a staggering majority that needs to change.
He was just like my cigarettes, – quick and never enough. And addictions are tricky to deal.
Hank Lihn is the executive producer of Here one minute, a film about the tragedies resulting from prescription medication misuse. The film is available here and TC readers are invited to its premier on June 6th.
I still remember telling my mother, the woman who thought her little girl was an angel, that I was a drug addict and needed to go to inpatient treatment. “I don’t want to get high anymore,” I told her, “but I can’t stop.”
“The balance of power is in the favor of violent crime organizations, such as the Mexican Cartel, and not in the favor of the United States Government, where drugs could be taxed, regulated, and, essentially, eliminate violent crime organizations from their current position of power.”
I see now that our flaws and damages should not be ignored or desensitized but harnessed and embraced — that all of our quirks and qualities have a part to play in the greater scheme of our lives and should never be silenced or drowned out.
“It’s deeper than any substances.”
It is hard, but it is courageous. I admire all those who stick by their loved ones side and fight for them, fight for them to overcome their demons, their dark sides, their addiction.