I’ve spent the last week learning about drug and alcohol addiction and am amazed at the way these illnesses permeate our society. Sons, daughters, parents, cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends–nearly everyone knows someone who’s tangled in this frightening web. Education is our best ally; not just education for our children, but classes for parents, teachers, and friends. The more we know, the more we can help those we love.
Some great resources are the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Al-Anon. NIDA will hold an interactive online chat about drug abuse on October 7. One can go to their site and link from there. I recommend that everyone learn as much as possible about addiction. You never know when it will touch your life.