A blog by Flindt Andersen, PAIN Founder & President
I lead a parent support group on Wednesday nights and after doing this for almost ten years, I still never get tired of going.
This Christmas, and for the rest of the year, let’s not forget those families and individuals struggling with addiction.
As most of you know, I had a 23 year addiction to opiates (pain killers). After three failed attempts, I entered my last treatment center in March 2001.
I’ve been on hiatus for a few months and it’s been just what was needed to regain my passion. The summer brought several to changes, not only to me personally, but also to the PAIN organization.
Addiction usually winds up badly, but it doesn’t have to. There is the other side to addiction that no-one is really talking about: Successful Recovery!
The passing of anyone is always heart breaking but it is particularly tragic when a young person dies of an overdose because we know that just maybe it didn’t have to end up that way.
American figure skater Adam Rippon had an unbelievable performance - then he opened his mouth.
Some countries are providing such places for addicts to safely inject their drugs while they are supposedly monitored and supervised. Who are they kidding?
A lot of tragedies can be avoided by one simple fact: parents knowing what their kids are doing.
You never hear anyone talking about a cure for addiction. Maybe it’s because there isn’t one, or so we have been told. Why can’t come up with one?
Is it okay for a family of a practicing addict to invite them home for Christmas? Advising families on this topic is one of the most difficult.
This Opioid crisis makes the HIV epidemic in the 1980’s and 90’s look like cold & flu season.
Although national statistics show a slight decrease in Heroin and some prescription drugs among our teens, they’re still using and not getting caught!