Just knowing that a family member or friend is on drugs is heartbreaking. You try to find them the finest care, no matter the cost. Even though you want to see them get better, you have to painfully accept the disease of addiction can only be won when the person suffering from the affliction is ready to make the commitment of change. Months and months can go by without change. Someone with a drug and alcohol addiction can take years to understand the severity of their condition. Sometimes, it’s too late. It only takes one time to fatally overdose, and many people do before they’re able to reach out and get the help they need. You might start putting the blame on yourself saying, “I should’ve tried harder,” and “This is all my fault,” but really you have done all that you could- sometimes addiction wins, and that’s largely in part because of the stigma surrounding the disease, and the limited resources available for treatment.
That’s what happened to Tracey Hermann. Her husband died from a drug overdose, brought on upon a mixture of more than four drugs. Tracey confided that her husband has been battling this addiction since he was 17 years old. One day they would have the perfect life other days everything would go wrong, according to The Gazette.
Her husband was using drugs for over 24 years. Most say that drug addiction is a choice, and if drug and alcohol addicts want they can quit at any time they want. Drug addiction is a brain disease that causes a person to want the drug more and more, even though they know they have destructive consequences. It is a drug addiction because it makes the brain change its original structure. Meaning critically important chemicals synthesized by the brain to control many essential functions of living normally forever becomes impeded. If drug addiction was really a choice, people would not die from it.
Naloxone is an anti-overdose drug that reverses the effects of other drugs like heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs. Over the years the number of times this drug has been administered has increased dramatically. In order to get more people off of these drugs we must create more treatment centers. Funding goes to everything but drug addiction. Giving a little more money will turn everything around.
“They [addicts] don’t want to be this way,” Kemper-Hermann is quoted by The Gazette, “they would much rather be home with their families, but they are addicted. It is a disease.”
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