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24 million Americans who are currently using illicit drugs and all family members and friends who are affected by this epidemic.
I believe this will inspire individuals suffering with addiction to seek treatment?
This video will help them understand that they are not the only ones suffering from this dilemma and that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. To admit an individual has a problem is great sign of a person’s inner strength and willingness to resist judgment.
How does this video work to end the stigma surrounding addiction?
It inspires those who have a drug dependency to find the courage to stand up for themselves, to take a different path, and not let illicit drug use of their past dictate their true character or their future.
What inspired me to create this video?
After 15 years of being involved in the drug/alcohol treatment community I have heard and witnessed thousands and thousands of individuals that never reached out for help for fear of being embarrassed, shamed and judged by their friends, families, and peers. These stories inspired me to write my book, “When Nobody’s Home,” which is meant to inspire those who suffer from addiction to look for solutions to the problem. My hope is to impact those who believe they are crippled by their own insecurities that addiction can be conquered and defined by their self-worth.
As the mother began to talk about her past drug use as a young women she mentioned how she was abandoned, neglected by her father and how her mother tried to be there for her but she was too emotionally frail to offer any support for as she was growing up. As a young mother with no paternal support she mentioned how she used drugs, partied, and would leave her daughter in the apartment by herself for days at a time in order to satisfy her drug fix. The mother began to tell other stories where she left her daughter with strangers or anyone who would take her so she could go off and get high. I began to see the tears well in her eyes as she was telling the stories while looking at her daughter. The daughter did not say anything while her mother spoke about her past, she continued to look down trying not to be seen. The mother looked down at the ground and for the first time realized how her behavior impacted her daughter. In her defense, she proceeded to tell me that her irresponsible behavior that was behind her. She stated that she and her current companion are doing really well in life by working a business together, making enough money to pay the bills and staying out of trouble. She continued to say that she has finally found peace and predictability in her life.
As I waited for this family I began to create scenarios about where the pain lies with the daughter. I could only guess what need was not met by the caretaker. I would find out soon enough.I picked them up in the front lobby. I walked them back to my office and readjusted the seating so I could have the daughter sit directly in front of me and the parents would be seated to my left. Sitting before me was a Caucasian family. The mother was in her late 30’s with brown hair and a medium build. She was casually dressed with white capris pants and a flowered rose colored top. The father (significant other) wore jeans, grey short sleeve sweat shirt and sneakers. Both parents looked scared, tired, and helpless. It appeared they were at the end of their rope looking for a solution. My daughter is on a meth binge and we need help…
What would cause a person to use drugs if it “really” was not beneficial for them? I was determined to go behind the scenes with my clients and come to understand what “need(s)” were being met by consuming drugs from day to day and year after year. Otherwise, why would a person choose this type of behavior? I had a difficult time believing that these individuals had some disease of the mind, that they would never recover fully and to avoid relapse that they would need to attend support meetings–literally for the rest of their lives. A lifetime of meetings couldn’t be the only workable solution, could it? This is why I wrote “When Nobody’s Home…” An in-depth look at Drug Dependency through the eyes of a Probation Officer