Name: Isabelle Reeder
From: Pacific, MO
You Deserve to Be.
I have seen with my own eyes what the consequences of addition are. Lies, betrayal, theft, greed, guilt. The divide it creates between a family is gut-wrenching, absolutely horrible to watch. Even when just one person is addicted, it impacts everyone around them in one way or another. From what I’ve seen, there are two kinds of people when it comes to relation to the addict. First, the enabler. These people are just as addicted, but to ‘helping’ rather than drugs themselves. They see themselves as a rescuer, as if they helped a baby bird that had fallen from its nest. These people think they are helping but really they are part of the problem, they let the addiction continue. Lending money, a place to stay, and so on. The second kind of person is the shutout. These people block all contact with not only the addict, but the enabler as well. They remove themselves from the picture entirely, and live their lives as if those people aren’t a part of them. While this doesn’t necessarily negatively impact the addict, it also poses no positive impact either.
In order to make an impact on the addict in our nation, we must start on a community level. An addict will not receive help if they don’t want it. Even if they are forced into rehab, or jail, or anywhere, if they do not want the help, they will not receive it. With that in mind, the best way to make an impact is going to be finding ways to make the addict want help. Using tools and techniques that show the abuser that they should be sober, they can be sober, and they deserve to be sober. Reminders that you should be sober, not only for yourself, but fo your kids, your spouse, your mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend. They are here for you, don’t hurt them in return. Showing users that they can be sober. Before and after of others who have done it, audio and visual clips of people telling their stories, realistic, trustworthy, and well funded rehab centers that addicts can comfortably go in voluntarily and get the help they need without feeling pressure. Repeated conditioning telling the addict that they deserve sobriety. Posters, billboards, audio and visual advertisements, telling people that they are worthy. They owe it to themselves.