Ok, so we all know that discrimination including racism and sexism exists everywhere. So Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide is not foolish enough to think that discrimination doesn’t exist in the recovery community. That said, those who’ve been down to the depths of hell and returned washed, clean and sober on the other side share a unique and special bond that should be recognized and cherished. Thus, we need to eliminate any discrimination that exists and stand together to fight against the heroin epidemic and save lies. Below, we discuss how and why we are all connected and united regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background and why we need to celebrate our differences in the name of saving lives.
We Bought Heroin’s “Lovely” Lies
We are all part of a unique “club”. We know what it feels to be led and controlled by the disease of addiction. We know what it’s like to crave the tiny, white grains of heroin or even opiates (such as Percocet, Oxycodone, Morphine, Diluadid, etc.) crushed up for our “snorting” pleasure. We all know that elated feelings of euphoria were short-lived until we were chained and bound helpless and “needed” our drug of choice (DOC) to “survive” another day. We all bought into the lie that without heroin, we couldn’t cope. We all believed that heroin withdrawal symptoms (including Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS) would kill us. We all went through some kind of hell trying to escape and break free from the bonds of heroin addiction. And we all know what it’s like to survive the hell we’ve been through and live a life of freedom called “recovery” which gives us a chance not only to never use and abuse heroin or other drugs again, but to reinvent ourselves and become the free men and women that we’ve always wanted to be.
We are All United in Recovery Regardless of Race, Sexual Preference, Gender and Ethnicity
Those of us in recovery are different than the rest of the world There is no cure for addiction, but we’ve successfully captured it and locked it up. We’ve put addiction to sleep and sent it into remission. Addiction is looking for a chance to escape and/or wake up in order to take control once again, but by practicing the principle of recovery on a daily basis, we hold the key to addiction’s cell very closely to our hearts. No longer does race, gender, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation matter. it shouldn’t matter. There’s nothing like trauma that unifies and connects people who are otherwise different from one another. And make no mistake – addiction can be traumatic. Many of us have almost died or have died due to heroin overdose but were saved or revived by a compassionate individual (loved one or even a stranger) by Narcan (Naloxone) or by calling 911.
Eliminating Division in the Recovery Community
Many of us in recovery have learned to let go of some of the hate we may have used to feel towards others who are different than ourselves. We have learned not to judge others for mistakes they’ve made for we’ve made some of the biggest errors in our lives when we were living in active addiction. Who are we to judge? We’ve learned to not only accept other people’s difference and individuality but embrace them as part of a bigger community of recovering addicts in the name of helping others and saving lives.
Stigma associated with addiction and medicine assisted treatment (such as Methadone, Suboxone, Naltrexone) still creates some division within the recovery community and it needs to stop. People don’t have to agree with every heroin treatment modality in order to be unified. But people should be able to agree to disagree. It is the mark of maturity to disagree with someone else and yet not try to impose your viewpoint on the other person. Some people believe that those using medicine assisted treatment, even those following the program as directed by a medical professional are “unclean” and “still using”. Others (including this organization) believe that those using MAT as directed are “clean” and “sober”. See “Methadone and Suboxone: The Brutal Truth About Medicine Assisted Treatment“. Those mature in their recovery won’t try to make others feel bad about the treatment option they’ve chosen or call the “unclean” or say they are “still using drugs”.
Stop the Stigma and Join Together
We need to stop the stigma and regardless of your views, we need to join together to fight against the heroin epidemic. We need to connect and unite for the bigger cause of not only spreading awareness about the heroin epidemic, but to save the lives of those still living in active addiction. People are dying from heroin overdose on a daily basis. See “How Does Heroin Overdose Kill You” and “How to Save a Life From Heroin Overdose: And Info About Detox Centers and Treatment” for more information.
Simply put, stigma is misinformation about a particular topic based on a lack of education or understanding something that’s different, unique or because it didn’t work for us or someone we know, than it must be “bad” for everyone. This mentality has to stop.
We ask that the recovery community stand with Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and our mission statement which is threefold:
2. To provide support and encouragement to recovering addicts through various mediums such as our free heroin addiction discussion forum, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Regardless of your view on which treatments work best or whether or not you support the disease model of addiction, I think we can all stand behind the above mission and work together to save lives. Nobody wants to see their friend, family member, wife, husband, son, daughter die from heroin. We all want to save lives.
Conclusion: United in Recovery We Stand
So since addiction doesn’t discriminate and affects individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background, united we need to stand in recovery and not let our individual differences get in the way of supporting one another and saving lives.
Written and Published By,
William – Publisher and Founder of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™
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