Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hope and help

Radio Commentary

Addiction plays no favorites. It assaults individuals of every walk of life. Every color. Every socioeconomic group. Almost every age.

It seduces people with short-term euphoria and trades that off for lifelong agonies. It is an illness that victimizes not only the addicts but also everyone who loves them, works with them, teaches them, or cares about them in any way.

And addiction doesn’t just happen to “other people.” It happens to our friends, our neighbors, our children, and our loved ones.

If you, a relative, or a friend has a problem, remember that you are not alone. Help is available. Never give up on anyone.

Here are some phone numbers that could help. Call:

  • The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 963-1433; 
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, 962-3332; 
  • The Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center adolescent program, 730-7575.

Many people say their agony was prolonged because they didn’t know where to turn for help.

It’s essential to know that thousands of county residents and relatives have received referrals for the treatment they needed through these organizations, and they remain ready to help anyone in need.