A Brief Note On Drug And Alcohol Addiction

1668 Words Aug 22nd, 2014 7 Pages
I know a girl named Katie. She is not a drug addict. She is a wife, a mother, a positive part of our community. But before she was happily married, before she was lovingly called Mommy, she was addicted to heroin. Her friends were all addicts and many died. She stopped breathing once too, when she was 21 years old. Her boyfriend gave her CPR. She was even arrested; court mandated outpatient counseling, once a week for three months, NA meetings, one year probation. It did nothing for her. She drank the whole time. The traditional treatments used to treat drug and alcohol addiction was not effective then, nor is it effective now, for the new generation of drug addicts. Heroin and every other drug is readily available in Erie County. John Dimattio, director of the Erie County Department of Human Services states that “the young age of many users and the availability of heroin has contributed to the rise of heroin overdose deaths” (Hahn). The young people dying are daughters and sons, sisters, brothers, grandkids and they could possibly have been much like Katie. Katie was bright, creative, smart and compassionate. She could have done anything she wanted, gone anywhere, but she was not given the tools to cope with stress and depression. She didn 't know how to be happy, so she turned to happiness in a bottle, in a pill, in a needle. What she needed was some help. What any addict needs is help. But what does Erie have to offer? There are plenty of counseling…

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