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May 29, 2014

Column: Recovery from addiction is a cause worth fighting for

We, as a nation, have battled many despicable enemies and have usually prevailed because of our commitment to a righteous cause and had the support of the majority of the people at a grass roots level. Yet the “War on Drugs” persists for any number of reasons. Chief among those reasons is a sense of shame. The shame is shared by those afflicted and their families. There is also a pervasive fear on the part of governing bodies to align themselves for fear of supporting “drug addicts” who are usually on the wrong side of the law. Support for winning causes is always a local issue. It begins by recognizing the damage and then reaches for ways to repair that damage.

The “war” sometimes begins at birth, sometimes at home, and many times in our culture. Attempts to “cure” this usually fail not for want of love and concern but simply because of resources which involve great expense. There are many rehabilitation centers for the afflicted to go to but frequently the follow up care after leaving the sober community is not readily found and relapse occurs at an alarming rate.

Considering the damage arising from alcohol and drug abuse in the communities across the country, it would seem obvious to anyone who has a concern just from the economic viewpoint to assist wherever possible to reduce those costs. Cities and towns are hard pressed to find ways to meet their budgets and frequently cannot assist in major ways to fund programs designed to help those in need.

Who has not been affected by the disease of addiction? Almost everyone has that mother, brother, sister, father or crazy “Uncle Ed” who at the end is seen wandering the street the pathetic shadow of a person we knew and loved who showed some measure of promise but just could never get it together or worse ... got it together then lost it all.

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