Our story comes from a brother of a young man who recently died of an overdose. You will hear in it the cry that represents all the survivors of those lost to addictions. God, the Father’s, longing for His lost sons/daughters can be heard in this story.
People don’t realize an addict just can’t stop. It just can’t go away. When someone has cancer the doctor will tell you how to care for it, but no one tells families of the addicted how to care for them. There’s a shame issue. –Jason
SHAME! That powerful emotion that keeps us from getting help. We all know it. We have
all been paralyzed by it. Jason cries out from grief over his brother’s recent death from an
overdose of heroin. –Fr. Paul
I didn’t realize how bad it was with my brother, so even families hide the issue from other family members. No one’s educated on what to do. People still say it’s a will power issue. The city does nothing to educate people on how to get help. In my home town alone, three people are dying every day of heroin abuse. If it was the flu, we would have great news coverage on the subject. My brother told me, “It’s everywhere. I can’t get away from it.” Locking people up in jail is not going to help anybody. –Jason
With this cry from the heart, we dedicate this issue to the family members and friends of those who are addicted. How can we understand the dynamics of addiction and do something about the epidemic that is engulfing us before we all drown? Jason continues with the story of his brother, “Mark,” and his family’s attempt to help him. –Fr. Paul
We believe my little brother, Mark, started with drugs about six years ago when he was 18, although it’s really hard to tell when because he was able to disguise it. But I don’t think we really knew until he had his first overdose about four years ago. Mark started with tobacco, then alcohol, then pot, and finally heroin. Both of my parents were alcoholics as we were growing up so there was a tendency toward addiction.