Ten years ago my husband and I were in the kitchen trying to figure out where all the spoons had gone. It took a couple days for us to finally put together that our son was addicted to heroin. In that moment, there’s the shock and the dismay and frankly horror. What do you do? He was incarcerated, he has been homeless, we have shipped him all over the country, we have kicked him out, we have brought
him in. I did not think that 10 years later I’d be still talking about this
and still living this and that speaks directly to the chronic nature of this epidemic and how much it’s affecting families. My son was able to achieve some semblance of recovery through Methadone. He is married, he is working, he is supporting not only his family but his stepdaughters whose own father died about a year ago of an overdose. My son’s greatest challenge is to get to the methadone clinic in the morning at 5:30 right when it opens so that he can be first in line so that he can get to work. And then he can work and he can get home and they can do childcare for 4 children and that they can keep the roof over their head. I look around at our friends, our community, his friends and I see the destruction and the stress. Most of them are just trying to keep their head above water You know, many many people They’re trying to get to work every day.
Written by Valentin Lakin
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