Getting Your Life Back-The Scourge of Drug Addiction
As a physician for many years, I have had the privilege of caring for many thousands of patients. However, there are a few that stand out, and whom I will never forget. One of those was a distraught mom who came in with unbearable sadness and anxiety because she had just lost her daughter to a heroin overdose. We, the staff, rallied around her and we did everything that we possibly could to comfort her, but she was inconsolable in her grief over the tragic and senseless death of her young daughter.
I have always felt that “there but for the grace of God” go any of us when it comes to being addicted to drugs, or having a family member addicted to drugs. We’re all one car accident away from getting on a lifetime of narcotic pain relievers. That in-turn may begin a cycle of dependence on drugs, which many of us cannot escape. This addiction to drugs morphs into a many- headed monster. It can get us fired from our jobs, take away our children, ruin our marriages, estrange us from family, land us in jail, and even rob us of life itself as with the young girl mentioned above.
As a wellness doctor, my goal is to help every individual reach his or her maximum potential. I strive to help the patient be the best that he or she can be in mind, body, and spirit. I have also come to realize that drugs destroy lives in all of these same areas. They dumb-down the mind, destroy the body, and rob the spirit.
As with many addictions, those who are addicted to drugs may have to hit rock bottom before they are ready for help. However, when they get to that point, fortunately there are many resources that can help. Ideally the process to recovery involves a comprehensive program of treatment, support, counseling, and targeted nutrition, along with a loving family in order to help the affected individual get his or her life back.
If you or your family member has a drug problem please seek help. Don’t wait until it’s too late.