An overdose occurring within the family is the single most horrendous thing that can happen as a result of drug and alcohol addiction. It is that one thing that the family members and loved ones of addicts fear the most, and it is the one thing that is sadly quite likely to happen if the addicted family members do not get help with their drug and alcohol addiction crisis.
An overdose is a big worry and a big concern to top them all. It often involves death. At the very least, for those who survive, it is a near-death experience. Abusing drugs and even alcohol too always runs this risk, though, and overdoses are all too prevalent in our society today considering how common drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is now. For example:
- In the year 2010, pharmaceutical drug overdoses were established as one of the leading causes of death in the United States of America. Can you believe that? And these are drugs that are supposed to help us too. In further digging, though, it becomes apparent that total drug overdoses killed more Americans than firearms or motor vehicle accidents did in 2010. The death toll from drugs is just now purely catastrophic and it doesn’t seem to be going down.
- As of the year of 2012 (just two years later), overdose deaths involving prescription opioid analgesics (which are essentially medications used to treat pain) have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States! When these numbers are crunched and compared to other drugs, it becomes obvious that these substances actually kill more Americans than all other drugs combined do.
- It’s not just pills, though. Starting in 2000 and through the years to 2013, the age-adjusted rate for drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin increased for all regions of the country, with the greatest increase seen in the Midwest of the nation, an area that until that point had not seen much in the way of heroin abuse and addiction. Drug poisoning (overdoses) is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States now, though, with no less than a staggering 43,982 deaths occurring in the year 2013. That’s eight times the deaths in 1993!
This is just a glimpse at some of the facts and statistics on overdose that I was able to find. Overdose is a big problem, to say the least.
Working Through the Grief
If you experience having to bear witness to an overdose, then I can understand that times are hard for you. Probably the hardest that they have ever been before. I can understand that this means that things are rough and tough and problematic. I can understand that this means that you might not be sleeping well or eating much. I can understand that you might not be performing so well at work.
The best advice I can give you is to look to the future and to work in the future, create in the future, and think in the future. Abandon the past. Disregard the depression and the grief of the present. Focus entirely on what you are shooting for, what your goals and ambitions are, and how you will create it for yourself down the road so that you never have to bear witness to drug and alcohol addiction ever again. This must be your main and primary focus.
Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is a serious life threatening crisis issue. Addicts get it. We get it. It’s not a mystery to anyone. If you’ve just had an overdose in the family then you need to move on and not be stuck in the past. Get out of your grief. What’s done is done and until scientists invent a time machine there is nothing you can do to change the fact that the overdoses occurred. Move on to the future and you will be better for it, and your future will end up being better as a result too.