Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Children's Book- Part I
 The night before... He was unable to ask for help. He knew there was that church down the road where they helped people recover from their addictions- for free. But maybe someone would arrest him. Besides, there might be someone there who would judge him, or make fun of him, or something else. Menelaus hated himself for getting high, but he was unwilling to admit his problem, even to himself.
            There was a gang meeting the night before. In the hospital bed, he found himself loosely able to remember that part. A small handful of drug addicts gathered to distribute all kinds of controlled substances; he remembered doing heroin, meth, and a little of Special K with Mary Jane... Or maybe that last one was just his imagination... Anyway, there was a large police force which was informed on the event beforehand by an anonymous source, and they were not going to let anyone leave without a heavy fine or a prison sentence.

            Out of the blue, the New York Police Department attacked the gang Menelaus belonged to. Gunfire was exchanged, and police and members the crew both died in the shootings. Somehow, Menelaus managed to escape. (Most of the other members were less successful.)But he remembered the event for days, and if there was any hope of him quitting, it was then lost...

             He consciously used the death of several of his gang as a trigger, or an excuse, for doing drugs. The next day, he was back to his old habits, as always. While he sat on the worn blue couch, ingesting various doses of Xanax, heroin, and crack, he realized another reason he would never seek help. There was a buzz which came from successfully breaking the law, without anyone knowing... In addition, he felt like he owed it to the gang, because so many of them died from drugs, and he should enjoy the freedom they earned for him... And it wasn't like it could really be that bad for him...

            His mind was racing. He sprinted in his mind, sweating, and his head beating in the background only gave the agony a rhythm. Boom. A blurry image of pills in a shaky hand emerged slowly, rattling his mind. He could hear screams. There was blood, he hit something hard. Fell and hit the toilet. His head took the blow. Boom.  A feeling of extreme vertigo arose-no, it was the very Earth shaking itself. Everything was moving, like a carousel, and he only saw blurs of color. He closed his eyes, but that didn't help at all... Around, around, up, down, left, right...At last, he awoke form the dream. But it wasn't just a dream. Boom. He reached over to dial nine-one-one with his phone...His head was bleeding and the table was in flames...It was real.

            So he was not surprised much when he was sent to the hospital. After all, he knew it was coming eventually... His body could only take so much, and he gave it too many pills, or shots, or whatever he was using to get high....

The Explanation-Part II
            Many adults find themselves enslaved by mind-altering drugs. It becomes more than an addiction, it becomes a lifestyle. The user's only desire, eventually, will be the fleeting sensation of an escape from reality, to throw all rational concerns of personal safety aside and live for now. Inevitably, they sacrifice relationships with their spouse, their friends, their coworkers, their children...

            It's a dangerous form of slavery. Many drug users lose a sense of self-awareness, leading to unimaginably large and dangerous binges. A binge is when a user intakes much more of the mind-altering substance than usual, drastically elevating the risk of death by overdose. An overwhelmingly large number of individuals end up six feet under, explicitly due to such risky behavior and the heart problems which soon follow. However, there are many more cases of users falling off high points, like bridges. Car accidents are very likely when doing drugs while driving. Overconsumption of alcohol is also common, due to the loss of self-awareness.

            A terrible number of substance abusers cannot imagine throwing off their self-induced yoke. Regardless of the vast advantages of quitting substance abuse, they hide their addiction, hoping no one will notice their pain. Many are simply too ashamed to admit their problem. Or, even sadder, they do not realize help is available. Many individuals use their God-given talents to free abusers from their torment. So the immediate priority is to raise awareness, so that those affected know where to go to seek help.

            An expansive variety of rehabilitation options are available. For heavily dependent users, there are 24-hour care facilities which constantly monitor the patient. There are also hospital programs for those who are in serious medical condition, which help with the detoxification process; the body often doesn't know how to react when the drug is no longer ingested. Such can lead to violent shakes, heavy sweating, and insomnia. There are also part-time halfway houses, in which patients check in every day without 24-hour surveillance. They are intended for light users only, however: moderate or heavy users are physiologically dependent on the drug(s) of choice, and would seek them out even when they know they should not. Almost any treatment option can cater to those who need financial assistance, because many users find themselves in extreme poverty. Nothing should scare away those who are considering help: many individuals dedicate their time and their money to helping those controlled by drugs.

Available Facilities-Part III

            The following page contains a comprehensive list of substance abuse facilities within Indiana. These programs care for those with a wide range of substance dependency.

Several Counseling Centers/ Nearby Support Groups:

Fresh Start Counseling Service, 1552 W Lincolnway Valparaiso, Indiana 46835

Pathway Family Center, 1308 Essex Drive Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Otis R Bowen Center, 2100 Goshen Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808

Several Detoxification Centers:

Parkview Behavioral Health, 1720 Beacon Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Home With Hope Inc., 1001 Ferry Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901

Midtown Community Mental Health Center, 832 North Medirian Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Helpful Phone Numbers (Indiana Hotlines):
1-800-225-HOPE (4673), Fairbanks Hospital

1-800-328-9000, Hazelton Educational Materials (on Drug Abuse Recovery)

1-800-433-0846 , Substance Abuse Programs General Hotline

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