The greatest failure parents have is the timely recognition of early drug abuse. We assign it to puberty, growing up, separation, hormones, anything except drugs or alcohol.
The Indian Valley. A country club, a Chamber of Commerce, a few lawyers and car dealers, a typical small town environment: a place where people live a safe, healthy life next to nice neighbors. Not a place you'd expect to find much crime, drug overdoses, destruction of family, or early death. But the reality is that Indian Valley has countless people becoming more involved in a drug culture their parents never knew.
Drug addiction can happen with prescription drugs or illegal drugs; it matters not. What matters is that people are dying, and they aren't the typical drug addicts. Victims include a football star on full scholarship to a university and a recent high school graduate; just not the kids you'd expect to be abusing drugs. Then again, they never are¦
At least one parent isn't taking it sitting down. Justina McIntyre, the mother of the football star, started an organization called œOne Life One Chance. Like other support groups, the intent is to offer parents a place to go, without being judged, to discuss their problems and possibly find solutions.
The greatest failure parents have is the timely recognition of early drug abuse. We assign it to puberty, growing up, separation, hormones, anything except drugs or alcohol. We don't want to see proof that our children are doing the wrong thing, so we blind ourselves. Eventually, in every instance, we don't remain blind forever. The lucky ones begin to see the change before it's too late.
One of the things we learn in support groups is that we don't make the choice for them to abuse drugs and alcohol, therefore we aren't responsible for their choices. And to a large degree, that's accurate. However, if we pretend that what is our problem, or if we turn a blind eye, then we become enablers.
It's often said we have three œC's “ œWE DIDN'T CAUSE IT, WE CAN'T CONTROL IT, AND WE CAN'T CURE IT. But there is another œC that is not often mentioned, but very real”the fourth œC is œWE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO IT. That means that we can injure another by doing nothing, or by doing something that adds to the problem. Blinding ourselves is just one.
Prescription drugs aren't cheap. As a result, many kids are turning to heroin, which is cheap and plentiful. Depending on your location, it's also not consistent in its strength. That means that the heroin you get in New York City is not the same heroin you get in Indian Valley. By the time it gets to Indian Valley, it's been œcut so often it is far less potent. And that means that if someone using heroin in Indian Valley goes to NYC, œscores some heroin, and uses the same amount as they do at home, they are likely to OD, and possibly die. And they truly won't know what hit them. They think it won't happen to them, and some of them are right. Sadly, not all.
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