For all of us who have loved ones struggling with drug addiction or chronic alcoholism, as well as those of you who may work in the field of addiction, we are acutely aware that the treatment of those we love and care deeply for is not always the level of compassionate care we would hope our loved ones would receive.
Too often society looks at the behaviors related to one’s addiction instead of looking at the person suffering and struggling with that addiction.
My son recently recorded a presentation I gave to a group of first responders and ER nurses and I want to share that video with you. (He probably should have edited out the part where I needed to find my glasses!! ) What can I say, it is organic, it is real!!
I believe many of you will relate to what I am saying in this video. If you think it may help others better understand I hope you will consider sharing it with friends and family. It is only when we let people “see” the person struggling, consider why, use compassion and kindness instead or vitriol, hear stories, can we hope to ease the stigma around addiction. Erase the shame so often felt by those struggling. Together we can – we are stronger together,
We are making progress but we have a very long way yet to go. We cannot slow down.
You can watch this presentation on YouTube:
I hope each of you are taking the time to look after yourselves. I know when those we love are suffering it is easy to get lost, putting yourself last. Remember taking care of you is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
I hope this video will re-enforce what you already know. That it will validate what you know to be true.
Take care and please keep in touch. I truly care.