I'm teaming up The Herren Project Runs to bring awareness to Opioid Abuse and Addiction.
Addiction: I'm certain we all have different points of views on this topic. This is mine:
For me addiction was a blessing and a curse.
The curse was the obvious. How much longer until he overdosed? What if he died? What if my parents or kids found him dead? How would we get through this? Well we were extremely lucky and didn't have to deal with these scenerios. He, my brother, chose treatment. I would've fought for him until my dying day.
The blessing: Most importantly I got my brother back. I got a sister-in-law, my first nephew. Her family and our family became one. I've met some of the most incredible people through his recovery. They are friends that have turned into family.
Addicts do recover and they are good people.
If you are in active use, please find your person, find someone to get you through this.
If you are in active recovery, please be someone's person, after all someone believed in you.
Life in general is a struggle for all of us. Many of us, especially addicts are fighting a demon that most of us will never understand. Every person needs one, just one person in their corner, someone who will never, ever give up on them. I made this decision almost 10 years ago and would do it again. Value who you have and what you have, stay positive, be grateful.
The Herren Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established in 2011 by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, to assist individuals and families struggling with addiction. The programs and initiatives developed by The Herren Project are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse. The Herren Project develops and sponsors initiatives in three specific areas of focus including prevention and education, treatment navigation, and mentoring. Together we can make a difference, celebrating life and supporting one another.