Another friend lost a child to addiction this week. The feeling hits home all too well. Although Madi's addiction was not nearly as bad as this young man's i.e. I don't think she had ventured down the opioid/heroin/meth road, but I really don't know. What I do know is that it's becoming epidemic among the 18-30 age group and they're either dying from an OD or taking their own life, which I realize is an oxymoron.
Parents, you need to wake up! So many kids these days play sports at a high level. Everything is so competitive. Parents, kids, trainers, gyms - bigger, better faster or you're done, no college scholarship for you. This is one of incubators of the addiction. Bigger, better, faster usually leads to some form of injury, which leads to opioids, which are highly addictive. When those run out, and your prescription is also done, and your friends are also missing prescription drugs the easiest most efficient means is street drugs. And they're literally everywhere. Even your honor student can get them. Private school? The worst. More money = more and better drugs.
The more disconnected and distant we become with our kids the more they rely on the interweb to guide and embrace them and guide their decisions.
Anyone can show up when you're happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, and can help you put that mangled thing back where it belongs, they are your true friends. I have this man, we are this family. I am thankful and blessed.