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Popular DiscussionsUsernamechinne01Date Joined12 / 17 / 14Last Active04 / 01 / 19RoleExpert ContributorCheryl is working on her MS in Substance Abuse Counseling and also has several years of experience working for drug treatment centers as a content specialist. Cheryl is extremely passionate about substance abuse and the treatment of it because she has been effected by it on so many different levels. Although Cheryl does not suffer from the disease of addiction, many of her immediate family members have. In addition, Cheryl and her husband were fortunate enough to be able to adopt a baby boy at birth, who was born drug addicted. Now, at the age of five, even with his Sensory Processing Disorder and high functioning Autism, he is still the apple of their eye. Just months ago, Cheryl lost her 20 year old daughter to an accidental Vicodin overdose. Since, Cheryl and her husband have founded a group called, Prescription Drug Abuse Militia, in an attempt to weed out heavy handed doctors who write dangerous and highly addictive prescriptions unnecessarily, to organize drug take back days, to speak at schools and churches about the dangers of these drugs, and finally to educate and work on laws about Narcan. Cheryl lives in Michigan with her husband, Jeff, of 23 years, her 21 year old daughter, Brittnee, and five year old son, Zacharius. Cheryl also has three grandchildren. Cheryl spends her free time with family and cooking.
I wanted to reply to your thread 'New Study Finds Trends in Overdose Deaths over 38 Year Period', but thought I should run my post by you first.
Many years ago I called on a lady, she said, if I tell you something, will you promise not to tell anyone else. Having known her for some time, I thought she was going to tell me some gossip, and agreed.
She said she was in the process of ending her life, she was gradually overdosing on some tablets every day. (I don’t want to mention the name of the tablets.) She knew this would eventually destroy her organs, the damage would be irreversible; and she would suffer a slow and painful death. This seemed like a carefully planned and determined attempt to end her life, but she still chose to tell me about it.
She told me her story, some of which I already knew, she said that everyone who was important to her in her life had used her. Her husband ran of with another woman, her business partner bankrupted her, and her children only came to see her when they wanted something. Then another man did a terrible thing, there was no chance of getting justice, so she decided to end her life.
My response was to say that dying is not the problem, we all die, but leaving this world a bitter and angry woman is not the way to leave this Earth. I talked about finding some way to forgive this person, because it was not in her nature to be bitter and angry. I said, even if you continue taking the tablets, try and forgive, you are a kind and caring person and it is not in your nature to leave this world angry and bitter.
There came a point when she had said all she could, and there was no more I could say, other than its pointless coming back next month to clean your windows. She said come back.
I could not stop thinking about her and phoned her later, she said you never phone me, just come back next month like you normally do. When I went back the following month, she’d had her kitchen decorated and was planning a holiday. She never mentioned about ending her life again.
I had left her with a terrible burden, every day she would have to live with the memory of the hurt, and strive to overcome her loss.
Letting go of anger, and striving to forgive, helped this lady find a purpose to keep living.October 2018
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