So few will talk about "it".
It being addiction, alcoholism, drug addiction or behavioral disorders such as sex addiction, workaholism, compulsive shopping or Compulsive Eating Disorders.
Why is it that we can talk about cancer, diabetes, broken legs, broken hearts, back aches, yet people resist talking to others about addiction, alcohol abuse, drugs, depression.
Why is it so shaming? Stigmatized? Embarrassing? Even forbidden to speak about even by family members? Work colleagues? Supervisors? School counsellors? Teachers? Parents? And IF we do talk about "it", its in whispered tones, in closed off rooms, with eyes darting around to see who might be coming through the door or around the corner.
And what if you had a co-worker, boyfriend, husband, child, best friend who was drinking too much, abusing substances, even killing themselves by smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
Would you know what to say? Or how to say it? Would you be worried you might have to look at yourself? Would you not know where to go after The Conversation? Would you be scared the person might leave? Would you be scared you'd be left out?
I get it. I really do.
That's why I am here and won't give up.
Imagine the lives we could save if parents did speak to their children about their addictions, or what if schools taught about addiction, alcoholism, substance use disorders - some do - few very few do. But we can do much better.
I know for a fact: There is hope, there are solutions, there is a way out. And on the other side of addiction, a life so beautiful and worth living you and your loved one, colleague or friend, child or school mate just might never look back again to a life of substances, alcohol, smoking, pain.
Give me a call. Let's talk. At the very least you will be informed, know there are solutions, choices and options, and that there truly is hope. For you and your loved ones.