To those of you who think parents like myself have no right leading a community effort to raise awareness and tackle local substance prevention efforts on Drugs and Alcohol because in your eyes, I’m a failure as a parent because my daughter has a Substance Use Disorder (SUD)…Shame on you.
To those of you who think those with Substance Use Disorder do not deserve a chance at a safe, sober, happy life….Shame on you.
To those of you who think people with Substance Use Disorder would be better off dead…..Shame on you.
To those of you who think those that have died from a Substance Use Disorder, deserved to….Shame on you.
To those of you who continue to use the word addict instead of person with SUD…….Shame on you.
To those of you who think people with Substance Use Disorder are scumbags….Shame on you.
To those of you who think your family is better and ‘above’ other families who have a child with or have lost a child to Substance Use Disorder….Shame on you.
To those of you who think recovery is easy, just say no, stop doing the damn drug and you’ll be fine…..Shame on you.
To those of you who think that because Heroin is the epidemic we as communities should not be addressing any other types of substances as prevention measures within our communities for our youth and families…..Shame on you.
To those of you who think you cannot be or become addicted to Opiates because the trusted physician in the white coat who went to 6+ years of medical school knows everything about Opiates and can safely prescribe them to me so I don’t need to ask questions…..Shame on you.
To those of you who think all kids who do drugs are ‘bad kids’….Shame on you.
To anyone who thinks parents and families who have lost their loved ones to Substance Use Disorder will get over it….. Shame on you.
To anyone who does not know what Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACEs) is….Shame on you.
To those of you who think you could never be addicted to the multiple opiates you are prescribed for your fibromyalgia or other condition requiring pain medications…..Shame on you.
To those of you who have been taking Opiates daily for more than 6 months and not getting an evaluation for possible SUD…..Shame on you.
To those of you with fibromyalgia and other conditions who rely on pain medications instead of seeking alternative and holistic treatments to help with your pain….Shame on you.
To those of you who complain about crime in your community yet do nothing about working together to address the root cause of the crimes related to drugs such as local treatment facilities, local sober living house, AA/NA meetings tailored towards youth and full community support for prevention measures for our youth…..Shame on you.
To those of you who are so busy with your lives that you put taking time to educate yourselves about prevention efforts and substance use disorder at the bottom of your list…..Shame on you.
To people who neglect to understand that substance use disorder can happen at any age, any gender, any geographical community and any race…Shame on you.
To anyone who thinks we have not had elderly people overdose or die from SUD….Shame on you.
To people who think alcohol/marijuana is not a gateway drug for a child who is at higher risk of SUD due to genetics or trauma in their life….Shame on you.
To those of you who do not provide oversight of Medications for your elderly parents, grandparents or family members, especially pain medications……Shame on you.
To those of you who simply like to complain and spread false information about the things not being done in your Community or County to address substance use disorder without taking the time to educate yourselves and join the movement to change the stigma ….Shame on you.
To those of you who think my child is any less valuable and lovable than yours because of her substance use disorder…Shame on you.
So, “How can someone be in charge of a drug coalition when I just read not too long ago in the paper their kid has gone through rehab?”
How? Because anyone who has lost a child or has a child or family member with Substance Use Disorder, or they are a person who has not had an occurrence with Substance Use Disorder for a long time (in the world of a patient with cancer, you would call that remission), this person is an undocumented family expert on the subject based on their real life experiences and the unbearable pain and the emotional, financial and physical havoc SUD causes to families. And if someone wants to take that undocumented knowledge and use it for the betterment of the community, who are you to judge and pose that question?……..Shame on you!
And for the record, Michael Botticelli was sworn in as Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House on February 11, 2015, after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director.
Mr. Botticelli has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder for 28 years. He has encouraged the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders, which often keeps individuals from seeking and receiving treatment…..How about telling him he has no right being a leader involved in substance use disorder? So shut your mouth and open your minds!