DRUGS! PILLS! HEROIN! CAPTAIN CODY!
I originally posted this on the @HollywoodWalk Instagram account… but now I see they are blocking/hiding/limiting ANY posts that use the hashtag #heroin so I am posting it here.
Basically it is just a rant. I saw a sign in Rite Aid that said you can get Naloxone without a prescription and thought it was interesting. I started typing out a small caption… and that turned into a rant that went until Instagram would no longer accept any more characters in the post! So- Here it is…
I have NO idea what I am talking about here, but actually – this [making Naloxone easy to get] seems like a step in the right direction. Maybe, just MAYBE someone won’t have to bury their brother or son or mother or best friend.
It’s easy to say “I have no sympathy! They did this to themselves!” ..and it is easy to think of drug addicts as a bunch of dirty hoodlums who don’t contribute to society…. UNTIL it is your 12 year old daughter or 80 year old aunt or your father or best friend.
If you think YOU are ‘above’ narcotic addiction, you are absolutely right… until you aren’t.
People make stupid mistakes all the time. Unfortunately, opiates are the mistake that keeps on taking. It will take away everything and then: it will take away MORE. And just when you are done burning every relationship you ever had, losing your job, stealing your own child’s lunch money, slamming your fingers in a car door so you MIGHT get a prescription and taking medication from the bathroom cabinet of someone dying of cancer…. THEN: you get sick!
IMAGINE the worst parts of every sickness you have ever had. The worst flu… diarrhea.. vomiting… sweating and freezing… fluids coming from every orifice… But wait! There’s more! You’ll also get soul-crushing mental anguish and excruciating despair that will not stop. And all of this all has you BEGGING for the third and final act: When the opiates finally put you out of your misery …and they find you 3 days later on your bathroom floor in a puddle of your own feces. [Not to mention ALL the other people you cause to suffer.] Needless to say- It’s a terrible thing… but there IS help.
Tell your best friend what is happening
RIGHT NOW: Make an appointment with a DOCTOR. They WILL help you. In fact- You can just CLICK HERE to get a phone number of someone to help! Tell them it is URGENT.. because IT IS.
If you are addicted to opiates, YOU CAN STOP THE SUFFERING. You don’t have to go to the hospital or even use vacation time! You can continue to go to work AND hang out with friends and family! AND– Only your BEST FRIEND needs to know what is happening!
Find help BEFORE you find out what “rock bottom” looks like. You will THINK you are at ‘rock bottom’… and then you go WAY deeper. It’s not all ‘cool’ like in the movies…. …but hey! What do I know?
If you have FAMILY or a FRIEND with an opiate addiction, BE COMPASSIONATE. You may not be able to understand the GRAVITY of the THOUGHT of giving up opiates to an addict. It is NOT about being ‘high’. It is ALL about NOT BEING SICK.
If you just want to provide some general help/make a donation I would suggest giving to Music Cares. They have helped many of my friends AND probably all of your favorite bands.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN GIVE TO:
Another Resource for GETTING HELP:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.