I started this blog because I wanted to share information and some of my own thoughts about issues and concerns within the arena of opiate addiction.
I am the mother of a son who was addicted to heroin for six grueling years. Until I found myself in this situation, I had no idea of the horrible gut-wrenching frightening experience it can be living with someone who has an addiction nor did I have any idea of the number of stumbling blocks that lie on the road to recovery. Once my son reached recovery, I thought I could breathe a sigh of relief and move on. However, that did not happen. Instead I found myself thinking of all the people who still face a situation similar to mine and remembering the loneliness and frustration I felt while going through it. I decided to write a book about these experiences as a way of connecting with others in my situation and providing some direction for change. The result was The Weight of a Feather: A Mother’s Journey through the Opiate Crisis.
In addition to my experience with my son, I also have an Master’s degree in Social Work, worked for several years in substance use prevention and am a member of Friends of Recovery. I do not consider myself in any way an expert in the field of opiate addiction. There are many others far more knowledgeable than I. However, I do think that my experience has given me a unique perspective, from the outside as a professional, from the inside as a person who has seen impact of addiction first hand.
The opiate crisis has entered the living room of almost every person in this country, whether through media coverage or firsthand experience or concern for a loved one. While resources are still lacking in many areas, new initiatives, legislation and treatment models are springing up around the country. Please let me know of news from your area or suggestions for future posts. I’d love to hear from you!
We are making progress through the efforts of many committed people, but statistics indicate that we are far from resolving the crisis. We can do better. We must do better.