August 31st is recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day. In September, at this year's 3rd Annual Mobilize Recovery Conference in Las Vegas, I heard a speaker reference those who we have lost to the battle of addiction by overdose as accidental advocates of Recovery Reform. When we hear of our brothers and sisters succumbing to the disease of addiction, it hurts because we know that many addicts do not want to use and they certainly don't intend to use drugs laced with fentanyl!!
Q: What do we want?!
A: Recovery Reform!!
Q: When do we want it!?
Recovery Reform in the form of: Recovery, Prevention and Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity. Let's begin by eliminating (or atleast reducing) the stigma associated with mental health, addiction, admitting a problem and seeking treatment!
On April 9, 2021, we lost DMX and there were drugs involved. DMX was a talented, successful brother (with 15 children) who was adored in the hip-hop community. *His hit are bangas!!* He was using drugs in April of 2021...during a pandemic. He definitely had a relationship with the Heavenly Father because it was obvious in his songs...make it make sense, please.
Q: How could he not defeat that demon?!
A: Substance Use Disorder is a disease of the brain and must be treated as such (and oh by the way, addiction is insidious).