Addiction is a disease of Never enough. Last night , I was in Vancouver, BC, Canada, downtown Eastside. The streets were aligned with Untreated addicted people on Main and Hastings( Vancouver Eastside ). There were many more people from my last time that I drove through the area a few months earlier, I seen many young adults, ( my thoughts ) , the next generation of Addiction was right in front of my eyes, progressing into a life that will not end well, at least for most of them, unless they find recovery. ( some will).
Clearly, there were folks of many cultures, diversity and from all walks of life. They all had one thing in common, they were looking for something, or someone with a desperate look in their eyes, much like a person that is dying on their death bed.
I watched intently with many thoughts going through my head, remembering the powerlessness of my own addictions,
They were running around, trying to find that next drugs , looking for money, searching for someone so they could not feel anything, I seen fear, relief, angry, emotional pain, and a comfort, yet uncomfortable in their own skin, human being alive but wasting away, much like a slow motion movie., waiting for an ending
I share my thoughts and believe that in my experiences, as a professional, I get the courage to go to the next level of helping to treat the underline issues. I see many people trying to treat addictions, when persons does not want to treat the addictions but the underlying issues of trauma and mental health is not focused on the way, it needs to be. Not all addicted people will make it, some will die, some will recover, some will try and try to get recovery with a continuation of many relapses and go back to places like the downtown east side.
How about Mental Health? I feel a quest to help the underlying mental health person that is not only suffering with addictions, and unwilling to stop using drugs because of severe mental health. They use drugs to block out the voices of mental health. If a person that is incapable of stopping the use of drugs because their mental health is the primary issue, how about treatment for mental health first. Mental health may be most of the people that are stuck in the downtown east side, I am not saying Addiction plays a huge role in the lifestyle of being Stuck, underlying mental health is not being focused on, We are afraid of loosing people to drug overdoses which is real but We are loosing people from Underlying mental health that uses drugs to deal with their primary mental health conditions.
I challenge myself as a professional and other addiction professionals , to not only help untreated addictions to advocate for persons untreated mental health and trauma as an underlying issues first instead of only focusing on Addictions.
It is very difficult as a parent that have done all you can do to help your loved one to get treated for addictions. And you run into a road block and you know you have done all you can do and have to let go, knowing that your loved one can die from addiction, it is one of the most painful feelings that any mother, father, family members, can feel is the powerlessness over their loved ones untreated addiction.
I believe in the power of love, power of prayer, and the power of taking care of yourself as a family member and to hold onto hope. Never give up on hope, never give up on love, and most of all never give up on yourself to do the next right thing.
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