I will not live in the past, but sometimes the darkness pushes its way towards the front of my mind. It feels like a dream in many ways; foggy memories of another life and world—a hazy drug-filled landscape spilling over with bandits and mayhem.

Much like World History, we cannot afford to forget the past less we repeat our mistakes. For myself, I will spend the remainder of my days in treatment, recovering from my addiction. Ask someone with Double-digit Sober-time; cultivating and following an Action-plan for Sobriety is essential. Why? Addiction is a serial killer! Hell-bent on torturing and executing the addict.

The good news, life can go on after even the heaviest of drug use. We do not have to acquiesce to darkness and depression. If this piece of writing finds anyone suffering from addiction, I hope you will find the courage to ask for help. You are not alone. Happy endings do exist. Prayers will be answered.

Joseph Shanklin

April 25, 2021

6 thoughts on “Do Not Suffer In Silence

  1. Although I haven’t been personally affected by the addiction/overdose crisis, I still understand the callous politics involved with this most serious social issue: Just government talk about funding to make proper treatment available to low- and no-income hard-drug addicts, however much it would alleviate their great suffering, generates firm opposition by the general socially and fiscally conservative electorate. The reaction is largely due to the preconceived notion that drug addicts are but weak-willed and/or have somehow committed a moral crime.

    Ignored is that such intense addiction usually does not originate from a bout of boredom, where a person repeatedly consumed recreationally but became heavily hooked on an unregulated often-deadly chemical that eventually destroyed their life and even that of a loved-one. The greater the drug-induced euphoria or escape one attains from its use, the more one wants to repeat the experience; and the more intolerable one finds their sober reality, the more pleasurable that escape should be perceived. By extension, the greater one’s mental pain or trauma while sober, the greater the need for escape from reality, thus the more addictive the euphoric escape-form will likely be. Regardless, we now know pharmaceutical corporations intentionally pushed their very addictive and profitable opiate pain killers — I call it the real moral crime — for which they got off relatively lightly, considering the resulting immense suffering and overdose death numbers.

    Meanwhile, I find that a large number of people, however precious their lives, can be considered disposable to a nation. Then those people may begin perceiving themselves as worthless and consume their substances more haphazardously. It’s atrociously unjust and desperately needs to stop! Although the cruel devaluation of them as human beings is basically based on their self-medicating, it still reminds me of the devaluation, albeit perhaps subconsciously, of the daily civilian lives lost (a.k.a. “casualties”) in protractedly devastating civil war zones and sieges. At some point, they can end up receiving just a few column inches in the well-to-do First World’s daily news.

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    1. Great feedback, and we’ll said!

      Not too many years ago, the majority of our nation’s doctors stopped writing prescriptions for narcotics. Around the same time, the streets were flooded with the most smokable [cheap] form of heroin ever seen. Around the same time, American Soldiers could be found guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan.

      I’ve witnessed first-hand an epidemic of smokable heroin throughout the streets of Denver and Aurora Colorado. The drug is everywhere, and used by every class of citizen. ☹️

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      1. Thank you for your powerful and informative reply.

        Under what justification would those U.S. soldiers be ordered to guard poppy fields in Afghanistan?

        As for the doctors caught up in the Big Pharma opioid scandal, I read in USA Today about 18 months ago that their sudden cessation of writing prescriptions for opioids needlessly resulted in many of their patients being left to resort to the often-lethal drugs from the streets.

        The way I see it is, those doctors — having basically abandoned the patients whom they’d helped become addicted to the opioids in the first place — behaved immorally while binding to the new ethical non-prescribing rule.

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