So most of you are quite familiar with the video floating around Facebook of the dad telling his son that his mom died of a heroin overdose. Since Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and Heroin News is all about spreading awareness, we stand with Brenden Bickerstaff Clark (the dad in the video) and his family in their mission to spread awareness by showing this video and most importantly, the young 8 year old boy’s reaction to hearing about him mom dying of heroin overdose. Why? Because if anything in the world is going to produce the desire to change and get clean in a suffering heroin addict’s heart, it’s the cries of a broken-hearted child grieving over the loss of their mother (or father).
Given the extreme popularity and controversy surrounding and related to this video, we felt it was appropriate to make a formal statement. Moreover, rumors that the video is a FAKE has started circulating around the internet so we wanted to address what we know at this particular point in time. For those of you who haven’t seen the actual video, we’ve taken a copy of the video and uploaded it to our community. To see the full 2 and a half minute video of a dad telling his 8 year old son about him mom’s heroin overdose related death, click the play button below.
VIDEO: Dad Tells Son, His Mom Died of Heroin Overdose – Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark (Father)
The above heroin overdose video has gotten an extraordinary number of views in only a short period time but has been highly controversial in the overall online recovery community. Love it or hate it, Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark is making a statement and it’s a doozy. However, some have started spreading rumors that the video was “staged” or “fake”. While there’s no doubt it was “staged”, in other words, Brendon Bickerstaff-Clark (a recovering heroin addict) planned to tell and record his 8 year old son about his mom’s death from a heroin overdose on video in order to spread awareness and save lives, rumors that the video is a “fake” appear to be unfounded at this time. However, Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and Heroin News are in the process of investigating this more closely. Below is the story as we all know it.
Story Behind the Video of Brenden Bickerstaff Clark Telling His 8 Year Old Son That His Mom Died From Heroin Overdose
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark created and posted a video of himself telling his 8 year old son about him mom’s heroin overdose related death. The video currently has over 218,000 likes and has gone viral all over Facebook. You can see the originally posted video on Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark’s Facebook profile by clicking here. Brenden made the comments on his Facebook profile related to the video below.
“THIS FOR ANY AND EVERY ADDICT WITH CHILDREN. TODAY I HAD TO TELL MY 8 YEAR OLD SON THAT HIS MOMMY DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE LAST NIGHT. THIS IS THE REALIZATION AND REALITY OF OUR DISEASE. DONT LET THIS DISEASE HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE TELL YOUR CHILD THAT YOUR DEAD BECAUSE OF DRUGS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS IVE EVER HAD TO DO. MY SON HAS NO MOTHER BECAUSE OF HEROIN… KINDA HARD TO HEAR BUT U CAN HEAR WHAT WE’RE SAYING.
PLEASE GET HELP SO OUR CHILDREN DONT HAVE TO SUFFER. THIS WASNT STAGED. THIS WAS REAL. I HAD SOMEONE RECORD THIS SO ADDICTS WITH CHILDREN CAN SEE THE SERIOUSNES OF OUR EPIDEMIC. I AM A RECOVERING ADDICT MYSELF WITH 94 DAYS CLEAN TODAY… PLEASE SHARE N MAYBE HELP SAVE A CHILDS PARENTS LIFE.”
Sadly, this little boy with no real capacity to understand addiction or heroin abuse will now live without him mom. What a tragedy!
NEWS Report: Dad Delivers Heartbreaking News to Son About Drug Abuse
While rumors circulate the internet that the above video and story may be fake, a breaking news report from YourOhioValley.com suggests the story and video is very real. In an interview with Brenden, YourOhioValley confirms that Brenden is a recovering addict and at the time of the interview, he was 95 days clean. Congratulations Brandon! See the news report video below which can also be found by clicking here.
Does This Video Stigmatize Addiction and Heroin Use?
We have been contacted by concerned individuals who believe that the above video only serves to stigmatize addicts, addiction in general and heroin use. However, we disagree. Stigma and stereotyping occurs when we stand behind, support and/or promote what isn’t entirely true but may contain some previous or partial truths. For instance, our managing publisher wrote an interesting article called “We Need Your Help Fighting the Stigma of Heroin Addiction” which explains how the picture and our perception of heroin use and addiction is often the “dirty spoon”, the “dirty house” and quite possibly a burned out, dirty looking person living on the streets. And while there is some partial truth here (which originated the stereotype), heroin can be very attractive and can present itself as the attractive, well-put together man or woman next door with the big house, money and a nice, clean car. You are encouraged to read the article to see why these stereotypes and stigma is so dangerous.
But the video of a man telling his 8 year old son that his mom died from a heroin overdose presents a real life situation in a real life neighborhood and a real family. Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark admits that he is a recovering addict and has chosen to share his own personal trauma related to the effects of addiction with the world. In our opinion, there is nothing stigmatic about presenting and sharing this real life event to the world. His motives? To spread awareness and save lives!
Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and Heroin News Stands Behind Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark
Despite a few rumors circulating around the internet that this video is a fake, until we see proof demonstrating otherwise, we are going to assume it’s real and offer our support and condolences to Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark, his 8 year old son and his family. We genuinely support his cause of spreading awareness and it’s our hope that some suffering from heroin addiction will be touched and encouraged to change as a result of watching this video.
Imagine if this was your son or your daughter grieving you. Yes, I know…it can’t happen to you right? Only other people overdose and die. You’re different because you’re somehow invincible. But “You Are Not Invincible” and you can die from a heroin overdose. You don’t even have to be an addict or a heroin dependent (learn more about Addiction Vs. Dependence). Just one use of heroin can kill you. Read “How Does Heroin Overdose Kill You” to learn more.
Do you want to leave your son and/or daughter behind? Who will be responsible for wiping their tears away? Who will be left behind to take care of them and will they do as good of a job as you would? That is…assuming you’ve eliminated heroin use and addiction from your life and are living a normal, healthy life of sobriety and recovery?
To see William’s video response to this video, click the play button below.
William's comments on the Video going around Facebook showing the man telling an 8 year old boy that his mom overdosed and died from drugs.
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Posted by Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Recovery is real and is the only force more powerful than addiction. Each individual possesses an inner strength that can be harnessed to get help and get into treatment. Addiction is a disease and beyond our control – but we don’t have to feed and strengthen it by perpetually using heroin or other drugs. Whether or not you use drugs is a choice. Stopping is hard, there’s no doubt about that. As a recovering addict, I failed 3 times before I finally conquered heroin addiction. View “The Publisher’s Story” to see how I conquered heroin in my own life.
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