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February 13, 2019
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  • - KELLY WRIGHT: DRUG ADDICTION IS NOT A NEW
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  • PROBLEM IN AMERICA.
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  • IMAGES OF SLUM STREETS OR EVEN A WASHED OUT ROCK
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  • STAR MIGHT COME TO MIND.
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  • BUT AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING A NEW
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  • SCOURGE IN THE FORM OF OPIOID ADDICTION.
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  • IT TOUCHES EVERY SECTOR OF OUR CULTURE, AND
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  • ADDICTS COME IN EVERY SIZE, SHAPE, AGE, AND
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  • ETHNICITY, MANY ADDICTED SIMPLY BY TAKING
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  • PRESCRIBED PAIN MEDICATION.
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  • THIS STORY OF THREE FAMILIES REVEALS THE
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  • DEVASTATING RAVAGES AND INCREDIBLE LOSS CAUSED BY
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  • OPIOID ADDICTION.
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  • [JAZZ MUSIC]
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS ...
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS ...
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  • [MUSIC CONTINUES]
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  • VISIONS STRONG ALWAYS CHANGE MY MIND ...
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  • - AS I'VE ALWAYS SAID IF I ONLY HAD ONE WISH IN
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  • THIS WORLD IT WOULD BE THAT NOT ONE FAMILY WOULD
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  • SUFFER THE PAIN THAT I'D HAD TO SUFFER.
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  • I KNOW THAT'S AN UNREALISTIC WISH.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • I GET LOST ...
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  • - IN MY YOUNGER YEARS, I DRANK A LOT OF BEER,
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  • SMOKED A LOT OF POT.
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  • I ACTUALLY EXPERIMENTED WITH SOME HARDER DRUGS.
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  • EXPERIMENT.
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  • THANK THE GRACE OF THE GOOD LORD THAT'S ALL IT WAS.
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  • BUT I DID IT FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES,
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  • AND SO THROUGHOUT THEIR ADDICTION I WAS ALWAYS
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  • LOOKING AT IT THAT WAY.
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  • FOR YEARS WITH THE TWO BOYS THEY'D LIKE TO DRINK
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  • THEIR BEER AND SMOKE THEIR POT, AND I WAS OKAY
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  • WITH THAT.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK BACK ON IT NOW KNOWING
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  • WHAT I KNOW NOW, THERE WERE SIGNS EARLIER, BUT
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  • BACK THEN I WASN'T REALLY PICKING UP ON IT THAT FAST.
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  • I'D SAY JUST STOP.
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  • YOU DON'T NEED TO BE DOING THAT, HAD
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  • THAT ATTITUDE.
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  • I GOTTEN TO THE POINT WITH MY DAUGHTER WHERE I
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  • WAS JUST TOTALLY EXHAUSTED.
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  • I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO, AND ONE DAY I WENT
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  • TO CHURCH, AND THROUGH THE WHOLE SERVICE ALL I
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  • DID WAS PRAY TO GOD TO HELP ME.
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  • THIS IS YOURS.
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  • I'M DONE.
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  • TWO WEEKS LATER MY DAUGHTER WAS ARRESTED AND
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  • SENT TO PRISON.
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  • SHE DID AN 8 MONTH STAY IN MARYSVILLE.
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  • AND AT FIRST I THOUGHT, REALLY?
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  • BUT THEN IT DAWNED ON ME APPARENTLY GOD MUST HAVE
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  • FELT THIS WAS THE BEST THING FOR HER AND
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  • ACTUALLY THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF HER THREE
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  • AND A HALF YEAR SOBRIETY.
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  • SHE GOT INTO CANNING, GARDENING, ALL THIS KIND
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  • OF STUFF.
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  • WE'D HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS ON THE
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  • PHONE I WOULD JUST LAUGH BECAUSE I'M SO USED TO
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  • HER CALLING ME UP, GIVING ME ONE OF HER STORIES OF
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  • WHY SHE NEEDED X NUMBER OF DOLLARS FOR X REASON
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  • AND ALL THE BALONEY THAT COMES ALONG WITH
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  • ADDICTION TO, OH, DAD, I GOTTA GO BECAUSE I
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  • GOTTA GO OUT IN THE GARDEN AND PICK
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  • VEGETABLES OR I GOT CANNING TO DO, WHATNOT.
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  • AND I WAS ON CLOUD 9.
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  • ME AND MY DAUGHTER'S RELATIONSHIP JUST BLOSSOMED,
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  • AND WE WERE LIKE BEST FRIENDS.
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  • SHE CONFIDED IN ME ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS, AND
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  • THAT'S PROBABLY WHEN MY EDUCATION STARTED ON
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  • ADDICTION AND UNDERSTANDING HEROIN
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  • AND OPIATE USE AND WHATNOT BUT STILL HAD THE
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  • OLD ONE LIVING IN THE STREET STILL IN
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  • FULL ADDICTION.
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  • - ONE IN EVERY SIX AMERICANS IS TOUCHED BY THE
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  • MISUSE OF OPIOIDS, AND THE NUMBERS ARE GROWING.
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  • UNLIKE OTHER ABUSE SUBSTANCES, OPIOIDS
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  • REWIRE THE BRAIN MAKING, BREAKING FREE OF THE
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  • ADDICTION A NEAR IMPOSSIBILITY.
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  • EVEN THOSE WHO MANAGE TO GET OFF THE DRUG FIND
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  • THEMSELVES FACING A LIFELONG JOURNEY
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  • TO FREEDOM.
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  • - WE'VE HAD A DRUG PROBLEM FOR A LONG TIME.
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  • WE NOW HAVE AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC PROBLEM, AND OUR
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  • PRESIDENT HAS DECLARED IT A NATIONAL EMERGENCY.
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  • IT'S A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM.
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  • WHEN YOU HAVE 42.000 REGISTERED DEATHS IN THE
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  • YEAR 2016 RELATED TO OPIOID DRUG ABUSE AND
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  • USE, THAT'S A PROBLEM.
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  • WHEN YOU HAVE 130 PEOPLE EVERY DAY DYING FROM DRUG
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  • RELATED OPIOID USE, THAT'S A MAJOR PROBLEM.
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  • WHAT HAPPENS IN ADDICTION, IN ALL
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  • ADDICTIONS IS THAT THE REWARD PATHWAY IN THE
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  • BRAIN GETS ACTIVATED.
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  • THE THINKING PART OF THE BRAIN GETS HIGHJACKED SO
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  • TO SPEAK, AND THAT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF
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  • THE BRAIN THAT HAS TO DO WITH MAKING DECISIONS,
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  • PROBLEM SOLVING, THINKING STRAIGHT, AND SO THE
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  • OTHER PARTS OF THE BRAIN, THE MORE EMOTIONAL
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  • CENTERS IN THE BRAIN HIJACK THAT THINKING PART
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  • OF THE BRAIN AND LITERALLY TAKE OVER.
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  • AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER PART OF YOUR BRAIN THAT
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  • IS SOUNDING A 911 ALARM WHICH IS WHAT CRAVING IS
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  • ALL ABOUT.
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  • SO WHEN YOU ARE IN AN ADDICTION STATE, THE
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  • STRUCTURES OF YOUR BRAIN HAVE CHANGED.
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  • THERE ARE MANY STRUCTURES THAT LOSE VOLUME.
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  • THERE ARE CHEMICAL CHANGES THAT HAPPEN IN
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  • THE BRAIN IN TERMS OF PARTICULARLY WITH DOPAMINE.
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  • THE DOPAMINE THE WAY IT BINDS TO RECEPTORS IN THE
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  • BRAIN, AND THERE ARE ALSO CIRCUITRY PROBLEMS
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  • IN THE BRAIN, SO THE BRAIN LITERALLY CHANGES
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  • IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS AND REWIRES IN AN
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  • ADDICTION PROCESS WHICH IS WHY WE TELL PEOPLE
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  • THIS IS A CHRONIC BRAIN DISEASE.
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  • THIS IS NOT A MORAL FAILURE.
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  • THIS IS NOT PEOPLE NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING
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  • BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO.
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  • AND IN FACT, WHEN YOU WORK WITH ADDICTS YOU'LL
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  • SEE THEY HAVE LOTS OF GOOD INTENTIONS BUT
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  • BECAUSE OF THIS REWIRING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE
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  • BRAIN, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO
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  • MAKE THOSE INTENTIONS REALITY WITHOUT A LOT OF
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  • INTERVENTION AND A LOT OF CHANGE.
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  • AND I WANT TO BE UPFRONT ABOUT THIS TOO THAT THERE
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  • ARE PERMANENT CHANGES IN THE BRAIN, THAT SOMETIMES
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  • WE CANNOT CHANGE BACK, BUT THE BRAIN IS
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  • HIGHLY PLASTIC.
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  • WE CALL IT NEUROPLASTICITY WHICH MEANS
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  • IT CAN CHANGE AND MOLD AND THEN IT CAN CHANGE
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  • BACK INTO OTHER WAYS, BUT AGAIN WITH REPEATED DRUG
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  • USE THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THAT BECOME
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  • PERMANENT WITH PEOPLE.
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  • - PART OF HOW MY DAUGHTER'S ADDICTION
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  • STARTED SHE DID PARTY RIGHT IN THE STREETS AND
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  • STUFF BUT BECAUSE OF HER ANXIETY SHE WAS ON
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  • KLONOPIN AND SHE GOT ADDICTED TO THEM, AND
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  • THEN LED TO PAIN PILLS AND THEN HEROIN.
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  • SO COMING BACK UP TO WHERE WE WERE WHEN THINGS
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  • STARTED UNRAVELING AS A FIGURE OF SPEECH, LACK OF
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  • MONEY, WE'RE HAVING SOME ARGUMENTS AND SHE WAS
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  • JUST STRESSING OUT, A SERIES OF THINGS
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  • CAME TOGETHER.
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  • SHE CONNECTED WITH AN OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND THAT'S
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  • A KNOWN ADDICT THROUGH ALL HIS LIFE, AND JUST
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  • STARTED GOING DOWNHILL.
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  • SHE CAME HERE, WAS GOING TO STAY HERE, SPEND THE
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  • NIGHT WITH ME AND MY FIANCÉ BECAUSE HER AND
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  • HER BOYFRIEND HAD GOTTEN INTO A FIGHT.
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  • AND SHE WAS HIGH, BUT ALSO VERY UPSET BECAUSE A
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  • LOT OF PEOPLE WERE ACCUSING HER OF BEING ON
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  • DRUGS AND IT WAS UPSETTING HER, BUT SHE
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  • WAS ON DRUGS, BUT I DIDN'T APPROACH HER ABOUT IT.
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  • I WAS HOPING THAT WELL, TOMORROW MORNING SHE'LL
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  • WAKE UP, GET HER SOBER MIND AND COUNTING ON THE
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  • RELATIONSHIP WE HAD AND BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND
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  • TALK TO HER.
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  • I NEVER GOT THAT MORNING.
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  • SHE OVERDOSED AND DIED IN MY BATHROOM THAT NIGHT.
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  • MARCH 26, THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER.
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  • A NIGHT I'LL NEVER FORGET.
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  • WHAT I THOUGHT WAS I WAS DEALING WITH IS WE GOT
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  • INTO PLANTING ABOUT SIX WEEKS LATER, AND MY MIND
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  • WASN'T FULLY ON PLANTING, BUT I THOUGHT I WAS
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  • DEALING WITH HER AND AFTER HARVEST THAT YEAR
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  • WHEN EVERYTHING CAME TO A STOP IT HIT ME LIKE A TON
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  • OF BRICKS AND I REALIZED THEN THAT I HADN'T
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  • DEALT WITH IT.
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  • SO I STARTED SLIDING INTO A PRETTY GOOD DEPRESSION.
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  • AND THEN AMONG THAT FIVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
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  • THAT SAME YEAR MY OLDER SON DIED OF AN OVERDOSE.
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  • AND THAT WAS THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK.
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  • I JUST WENT INTO A VERY DEEP DEPRESSION.
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  • - DRUG ADDICTION IS A DISEASE.
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  • I PERSONALLY LIKE THAT MODEL.
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  • AND IT'S A FAMILY DISEASE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND.
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  • HAVING OUT OF FIVE CHILDREN THREE OF THEM
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  • INVOLVED IN HEAVY DRUG USE, I'VE LEARNED WHAT
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  • AL-ANON WILL TELL YOU YOUR FIRST MEETING:
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  • YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE OTHER PERSON.
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  • YOU WANT TO AND YOU THINK, WELL, I'M THEIR
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  • PARENT SO THERE MUST BE SOMETHING I CAN DO,
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  • BUT THERE'S NOT-- EVEN IF THEY'RE A MINOR,
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  • THERE'S NOT REALLY ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO.
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  • - WELL, THAT FIRST HIT WAS THE BEST FEELING I
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  • EVER FELT. IMMEDIATELY ALL MY FEARS WERE GONE.
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  • IMMEDIATELY ALL THE SADNESS WAS GONE,
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  • ALL THE ANGER WAS GONE. I FELT SECURE.
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  • I FELT LIKE I WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD.
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  • ALL THE WHILE MY BODY FELT GOOD TOO,
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  • SO IT WAS LIKE A WIN/WIN.
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  • THE NEXT DAY I DIDN'T HAVE ANY COME DOWN, SO
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  • I WAS LIKE THIS IS THE BEST DRUG IN THE WORLD!
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  • AND I WAS IMMEDIATELY ADDICTED.
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  • AND ONE OF MY OTHER CLOSE FRIENDS WHO WAS FRIENDS
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  • WITH THE ONE THAT GAVE ME THE DRUG WAS LIKE, KAREN,
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  • THAT'S HEROIN THAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING.
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  • AND I REMEMBER CRYING FOR LIKE A SPLIT SECOND,
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  • LIKE, THE REALIZATION I'M A HEROIN ADDICT.
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  • IT'S JUST THREE DAYS IN AND I'M LIKE,
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  • I'M A HEROIN ADDICT.
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  • I MEAN I NEVER PLANNED MY LIFE TO GO THAT WAY, AND
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  • I DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND FULLY HOW BAD IT HAD
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  • GOTTEN, HOW FAR DOWN THE SCALE I HAD GOTTEN UNTIL
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  • I WAS ARRESTED, AND I WAS ARRESTED WHILE I WAS
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  • HIGH ON HEROIN. THEY FOUND EVERYTHING.
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  • WE HAD LOTS OF HEROIN, XANAX, WEED, PIPE,
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  • AND THAT WAS IT.
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  • AND I DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT WAS HAPPENING.
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  • AND THEN I WAS BEING BOOKED INTO JAIL.
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  • THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE.
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  • AND I WAS STILL SO FOGGY, I DIDN'T REALLY REALIZE.
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  • AND THEY STARTED MAKING ME TAKE OUT MY BELLY
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  • RING, AND MY TONGUE RING, AND CHANGING MY ATTIRE,
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  • AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS LIKE HOLY CRAP, I'M GONNA
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  • BE HERE FOR A WHILE. AND I WAS SCARED.
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  • ALL OF MY GUARDS JUST WERE BROKEN DOWN,
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  • AND I WAS JUST LIKE OKAY, THIS IS REAL,
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  • THIS IS HAPPENING.
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  • AND JAIL WAS AWFUL.
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  • EVERY SINGLE DAY I CRIED.
  • 00:11:37.010 --> 00:11:39.120
  • I WENT FROM BEING THIS GIRL WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS
  • 00:11:39.140 --> 00:11:41.060
  • TOUGH ON THE STREETS TO LIKE CRYING EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:46.110
  • - BUT TO STAND BACK AND TO ALLOW THEM TO LAND ON
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:49.250
  • THEIR FACE OR, FOR ALL YOU KNOW OVERDOSE AND
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:54.140
  • DIE, IT'S TERRIBLE; IT'S HEART WRENCHING.
  • 00:11:54.160 --> 00:11:58.200
  • AND I TELL OTHER PARENTS, I SAY SOMETIMES ALL YOU
  • 00:11:58.220 --> 00:12:03.020
  • CAN DO IS PRAY PROTECTION FOR YOUR CHILD AND ACHE.
  • 00:12:03.040 --> 00:12:08.160
  • - THE WITHDRAWALS WERE IN JAIL, AND I WAS JUST
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:12.050
  • SO FREAKED OUT, BUT I HAD COLD SWEATS, I WAS
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:16.150
  • COUGHING, HACKING STUFF UP, I HAD CRAZY
  • 00:12:16.170 --> 00:12:20.070
  • HEADACHES, I WAS SHAKING.
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:22.110
  • IT WAS AWFUL. AWFUL.
  • 00:12:22.130 --> 00:12:24.180
  • ALL WHILE IN JAIL.
  • 00:12:24.200 --> 00:12:26.140
  • AND IT JUST KEPT HITTING ME SO HARD
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:30.080
  • HOW BAD I HAD GOTTEN.
  • 00:12:30.100 --> 00:12:33.080
  • AND THE ROAD AHEAD I KNEW WAS GONNA BE VERY,
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:35.050
  • VERY HARD AND LONG.
  • 00:12:35.070 --> 00:12:36.220
  • I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO STAY SOBER.
  • 00:12:36.240 --> 00:12:38.190
  • IT WAS NOT MY LIFE.
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:40.120
  • I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO NOT AT LEAST SMOKE WEED
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:43.140
  • OR DRINK EVERY DAY.
  • 00:12:43.160 --> 00:12:47.220
  • SOMETHING TO MAKE IT ALL OKAY BECAUSE I WAS NOT OKAY.
  • 00:12:47.240 --> 00:12:54.160
  • - BEING NOT OKAY AND BEING READY TO QUIT AN
  • 00:12:54.180 --> 00:12:57.240
  • ADDICTION ARE NOT THE SAME, BUT ONCE AN ADDICT
  • 00:12:57.260 --> 00:13:01.110
  • CHOOSES RECOVERY, THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN OTHERS HELP.
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:06.290
  • THE SAD TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THIS, EVEN WITH
  • 00:13:07.010 --> 00:13:09.140
  • THE HELP OF OTHERS, THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES.
  • 00:13:09.160 --> 00:13:13.110
  • - SO PEOPLE THAT ARE ON DRUGS NEED A LOT OF HELP
  • 00:13:13.130 --> 00:13:15.070
  • TO GET OFF OF THEM, RIGHT?
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:16.170
  • IT'S NOT EASY TO GET OFF OF A NARCOTIC.
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:18.170
  • IT'S NOT EASY TO GET OFF OF HEROIN.
  • 00:13:18.190 --> 00:13:20.090
  • IT'S ONE OF THE HARDEST DRUGS TO GET OFF OF.
  • 00:13:20.110 --> 00:13:22.190
  • THERE ARE CERTAIN DRUGS THAT ARE MORE DIFFICULT
  • 00:13:22.210 --> 00:13:23.290
  • TO GET OFF OF THAN OTHERS.
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:26.260
  • DENIAL IS ONE OF THE BARRIERS YOU HAVE TO
  • 00:13:26.280 --> 00:13:28.280
  • BREAK, SO IT'S VERY TEMPTING-- A LOT OF
  • 00:13:29.000 --> 00:13:31.290
  • PARENTS IN COUNSELING AND THERAPY WILL SAY I
  • 00:13:32.010 --> 00:13:35.220
  • BELIEVED HIM, I'VE ALWAYS TRUSTED MY CHILD, THEY
  • 00:13:35.240 --> 00:13:38.280
  • TOLD ME THE STORY, IT KIND OF MADE SENSE.
  • 00:13:39.000 --> 00:13:41.230
  • YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF CHECKING, YOU HAVE TO DO
  • 00:13:41.250 --> 00:13:43.250
  • A LOT OF ACCOUNTABILITY, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO
  • 00:13:43.270 --> 00:13:47.230
  • BREAK THROUGH THOSE DENIAL BARRIERS AND LOOK
  • 00:13:47.250 --> 00:13:49.280
  • AT THE REALITY OF WHAT'S GOING ON WITH SOMEBODY,
  • 00:13:50.000 --> 00:13:52.080
  • AND YOU HAVE TO CONTINUOUSLY SEND THEM TO TREATMENT.
  • 00:13:52.100 --> 00:13:55.280
  • - I'VE BEEN SOBER NOW FOR TEN-AND-A-HALF YEARS, SO.
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:59.090
  • IT'S PRETTY AWESOME. IT'S A MIRACLE.
  • 00:13:59.110 --> 00:14:01.090
  • I DON'T KNOW HOW SOMETIMES.
  • 00:14:01.110 --> 00:14:04.120
  • I'M JUST LIKE WOW, OKAY.
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:07.090
  • IT'S ONE DAY AT A TIME, FOR SURE.
  • 00:14:07.110 --> 00:14:09.280
  • I WAS SO SCARED, OH, MY GOSH I'M NEVER GONNA
  • 00:14:10.000 --> 00:14:12.100
  • DRINK OR USE EVER AGAIN, AND MY SPONSOR WOULD BE
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:15.050
  • LIKE, DON'T THINK LIKE THAT. IT'S JUST TODAY.
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:17.230
  • CAN YOU MANAGE THAT TODAY?
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:19.090
  • I'M LIKE OH, YEAH, EASY PEASY.
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:21.190
  • AND I WOULD EVEN SAY SOMETIMES MAYBE TOMORROW,
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:25.180
  • BECAUSE IT HELPED ME FEEL LIKE I WAS IN CONTROL OF
  • 00:14:25.200 --> 00:14:27.200
  • IT. AND ONE DAY AFTER ANOTHER, IT JUST, LIFE
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:32.270
  • JUST BECAME SLOWLY BUT SURELY SO MUCH MORE
  • 00:14:32.290 --> 00:14:36.050
  • SUCCESSFUL FOR ME. IT'S BEEN AMAZING.
  • 00:14:36.070 --> 00:14:38.050
  • I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD BE THIS PERSON
  • 00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:39.280
  • THAT I AM TODAY.
  • 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:41.150
  • - THE AMAZING THING ABOUT KAREN IS WITH VERY
  • 00:14:41.170 --> 00:14:45.160
  • LITTLE HELP, SHE HAS GONE THESE LAST TEN YEARS ON
  • 00:14:45.180 --> 00:14:51.210
  • HER OWN, AND SHE'S GOT HER OWN PLACE, SHE'S GOT
  • 00:14:51.230 --> 00:14:54.200
  • HER CAR, SHE'S GOT A JOB WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE HER
  • 00:14:54.220 --> 00:14:58.130
  • AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER.
  • 00:14:58.150 --> 00:15:00.110
  • AND THEN JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I WAS SITTING
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:03.040
  • IN HER COLLEGE WHERE SHE GRADUATED
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:05.270
  • WITH HER PSYCH DEGREE.
  • 00:15:05.290 --> 00:15:07.110
  • SO LEAVE THEM ALONE, LET THEM FIND THEIR WAY.
  • 00:15:07.130 --> 00:15:11.170
  • JUST BE THERE AS A CHEERLEADER AND ENCOURAGER.
  • 00:15:11.190 --> 00:15:14.050
  • THAT TIME TO LOVE AGAIN AS A PARENT
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:17.130
  • WANTS TO LOVE COMES BACK.
  • 00:15:17.150 --> 00:15:20.000
  • - I'VE BEEN HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE TEN-AND-A-HALF
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:23.130
  • YEARS SOBER. NOT EVERYBODY CAN SAY THAT.
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:26.040
  • I'VE EXPERIENCED LOSS IN SOBRIETY AND
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:29.090
  • IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING.
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:31.100
  • VANESSA PORTER WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS.
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:34.000
  • SHE OPENED UP THIS WHOLE NEW WORLD FOR ME AND
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:35.270
  • JUST, WE WERE SO COMFORTABLE TO CONNECT
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:38.150
  • AND BE LIKE SISTERS, REALLY LIKE SISTERS.
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:43.000
  • AND ONE DAY I WAS AT WORK AT A TREATMENT CENTER,
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:46.020
  • AND I GOT THE PHONE CALL FROM JEFF JONES,
  • 00:15:46.040 --> 00:15:48.030
  • AND HE SAID VANESSA OVERDOSED.
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:51.150
  • AND I WAS LIKE IS SHE OKAY?
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.280
  • AND HE SAID NO, SHE'S GONE.
  • 00:15:54.000 --> 00:15:56.010
  • AND I LOST IT.
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:57.290
  • I MEAN, THERE WAS CLIENTS AROUND AND EVERYTHING.
  • 00:15:58.010 --> 00:16:00.060
  • I JUST DIDN'T-- I LOST IT.
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:03.010
  • I WAS BAWLING. I WAS LIKE FLOORED.
  • 00:16:03.030 --> 00:16:05.080
  • AND THAT WAS PROBABLY THE FIRST WORST PAIN I
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:11.270
  • EVER FELT IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.270
  • AND SHE WASN'T THE LAST PERSON THAT I LOST IN SOBRIETY.
  • 00:16:13.290 --> 00:16:18.160
  • AND I WAS SO DEPRESSED DURING THAT TIME AND WAS
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:21.210
  • LIKE, I WANT TO USE, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I WAS
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:24.030
  • SO NEW TO SOBRIETY.
  • 00:16:24.050 --> 00:16:25.230
  • I THINK I ONLY HAD A COUPLE YEARS SOBER AT THE
  • 00:16:25.250 --> 00:16:27.080
  • TIME, AND I THOUGHT NO, SHE WOULDN'T WANT ME TO.
  • 00:16:27.100 --> 00:16:32.140
  • I NEED TO STAY STRONG FOR HER AND EVERYBODY
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:34.100
  • ELSE WHO'S STRUGGLING.
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:35.250
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:43.010
  • - DIANA YODER: WE WERE THIS WONDERFUL, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:46.280
  • FAMILY, TAKING FAMILY VACATIONS, RENTING CABINS
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:50.050
  • IN THE MOUNTAINS, WONDERFUL CHRISTMASES
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:53.020
  • WITH ALL OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN,
  • 00:16:53.040 --> 00:16:55.030
  • AND LIFE WAS GOOD.
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:58.170
  • AND THEN TRAGEDY HAPPENED AND THE RUG WAS
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:17:01.170
  • PULLED OUT FROM UNDER US.
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:03.290
  • IN A THREE YEAR PERIOD, I LOST A TOTAL OF
  • 00:17:04.010 --> 00:17:06.080
  • NINE FAMILY MEMBERS.
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:08.140
  • THESE WERE BEAUTIFUL NIECES, NEPHEWS, COUSINS,
  • 00:17:08.160 --> 00:17:12.270
  • GREAT NEPHEWS AND NIECES, AND IN THAT THREE YEAR
  • 00:17:12.290 --> 00:17:17.180
  • PERIOD ALSO HAD VERY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS
  • 00:17:17.200 --> 00:17:21.020
  • STILL STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION.
  • 00:17:21.040 --> 00:17:25.030
  • - WE HAD FUNERAL AFTER FUNERAL, PHONE CALL AFTER
  • 00:17:25.050 --> 00:17:28.050
  • PHONE CALL, AND THEN FINALLY IT HIT
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:29.240
  • OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY.
  • 00:17:29.260 --> 00:17:31.170
  • - ONE OF MY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE HERE AT MY
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:37.060
  • HOME, AND THEY HAD SMALL CHILDREN, THREE CHILDREN
  • 00:17:37.080 --> 00:17:40.210
  • UNDER TEN OR ELEVEN YEARS OLD.
  • 00:17:40.230 --> 00:17:43.250
  • AND THE KIDS WERE JUST HAPPILY PLAYING,
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:46.080
  • NOT HAVING A CLUE WHAT WAS GOING ON.
  • 00:17:46.100 --> 00:17:48.210
  • - WELL, BEFORE WE KNEW IT, SHE HAD PASSED OUT.
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:50.260
  • AND SO THANK GOD THE CHILDREN WERE OFF IN
  • 00:17:50.280 --> 00:17:55.260
  • ANOTHER SECTION OF THE HOUSE.
  • 00:17:55.280 --> 00:17:57.160
  • BUT THE EMT'S CAME, THERE WAS ABOUT FIVE OF THEM.
  • 00:17:57.180 --> 00:18:00.260
  • AND MY WIFE, UNTIL THEY GOT THERE, WAS GIVING HER
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:03.260
  • MOUTH-TO-MOUTH RESUSCITATION BECAUSE
  • 00:18:03.280 --> 00:18:05.240
  • OPIATES WILL STOP BREATHING.
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:07.230
  • THAT'S HOW THEY REALLY DIE IS THE BREATHING STOPS.
  • 00:18:07.250 --> 00:18:11.240
  • - I PANICKED. I TRIED TO REMEMBER, OKAY, HOW DO YOU DO
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:16.070
  • MOUTH TO MOUTH?
  • 00:18:16.090 --> 00:18:17.290
  • AND IT HAD BEEN YEARS SINCE I HAD TO DO THIS,
  • 00:18:18.010 --> 00:18:20.100
  • AND I JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT MY
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:21.260
  • LIFE WAS HERE.
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:23.270
  • I WAS IN A DESPERATE PLACE TRYING TO SAVE
  • 00:18:23.290 --> 00:18:25.270
  • THEIR LIFE, AND I REMEMBER JUST TRYING TO
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:29.250
  • DO THE MOUTH TO MOUTH WHILE MY HUSBAND WAS
  • 00:18:29.270 --> 00:18:31.290
  • CALLING THE EMERGENCY TECHS TO COME
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:35.010
  • OUT TO THE HOME.
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:36.230
  • AND THE HUSBAND WAS THERE, AND THE PANIC ON
  • 00:18:36.250 --> 00:18:40.260
  • HIS FACE BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO KEEP MY
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:43.040
  • BEARINGS WITH THE SITUATION BECAUSE HER
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:45.280
  • LIFE WAS IN DANGER.
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:47.160
  • SHE WAS DYING.
  • 00:18:47.180 --> 00:18:49.080
  • - WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH OUR MINDS WAS A NUMBER OF
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:51.010
  • DIFFERENT THINGS. FIRST, SADLY, ANGER.
  • 00:18:51.030 --> 00:18:54.180
  • YOU KNOW, HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO -- WE'RE TRYING
  • 00:18:54.200 --> 00:18:57.200
  • TO HELP YOU SO HARD.
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:19:00.080
  • CAN'T YOU JUST CHANGE THIS?
  • 00:19:00.100 --> 00:19:02.220
  • WELL THROUGH FINDING OUT, NO, THEY LITERALLY CAN'T
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:05.160
  • UNTIL THIS IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THEIR BODY,
  • 00:19:05.180 --> 00:19:07.290
  • AND THEIR BRAINS START TO HEAL.
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:09.230
  • AND THEN FROM THERE, IT'S SHOCK. IT'S FEAR.
  • 00:19:09.250 --> 00:19:15.120
  • IS THAT LADY GOING TO COME BACK TO LIFE?
  • 00:19:15.140 --> 00:19:19.020
  • SO IT'S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT EMOTIONS
  • 00:19:19.040 --> 00:19:21.120
  • THAT YOU GO THROUGH.
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:23.130
  • - THIS IS THE REALITY OF DRUGS.
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:25.280
  • THIS IS THE REALITY.
  • 00:19:26.000 --> 00:19:29.010
  • SHE MAY NOT SURVIVE, AND THERE'S THREE CHILDREN
  • 00:19:29.030 --> 00:19:33.020
  • HERE THAT I WOULD HAVE TO EXPLAIN THAT TO.
  • 00:19:33.040 --> 00:19:36.050
  • THIS WAS IN BETWEEN MY, YOU KNOW,
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:38.230
  • TRYING TO BRING HER BACK.
  • 00:19:38.250 --> 00:19:40.270
  • AND THAT'S THE REALITY OF IT.
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:43.230
  • - THE CHILDREN WERE IN THE OTHER ROOM, BUT LIKE
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:47.050
  • I SAID, THANK GOD THAT THEY NEVER EVEN
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:50.150
  • KNEW IT HAPPENED.
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.160
  • ALL THEY KNEW WAS MOM WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:54.130
  • IF SHE HAD BEEN ALONE, SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DIED.
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:57.030
  • - EVEN IF IT WASN'T THE ACTUAL OVERDOSE AT THAT
  • 00:19:57.050 --> 00:20:00.040
  • TIME, THE SIDE EFFECTS OF WHAT THIS ADDICTION DOES
  • 00:20:00.060 --> 00:20:03.170
  • TO EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY -- YOUR HEART, YOUR
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:06.140
  • LIVER, YOUR KIDNEYS, YOUR BRAIN -- I HAD A FAMILY
  • 00:20:06.160 --> 00:20:12.130
  • MEMBER TELL ME, HAD I KNOWN THAT THIS DRUG
  • 00:20:12.150 --> 00:20:15.160
  • WOULD HAVE TAKEN ITS TOLL ON MY PHYSICAL BODY AT
  • 00:20:15.180 --> 00:20:18.290
  • SUCH A YOUNG AGE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER, EVER
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:22.010
  • EXPERIMENTED WITH IT AND RISKED THE CHANCE OF
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:24.160
  • BECOMING ADDICTED.
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:27.130
  • - I'M 67 YEARS OLD. WE HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:32.020
  • WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE.
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:33.270
  • WE COULD HAVE RETIRED WITH NO PROBLEM, BUT WE
  • 00:20:33.290 --> 00:20:36.170
  • REALLY DECIDED THAT THIS WAS AS SUCH A PROBLEM,
  • 00:20:36.190 --> 00:20:39.240
  • AND IT HAD THE OUR FAMILY SO SEVERELY.
  • 00:20:39.260 --> 00:20:43.230
  • - IT WAS SO TRAUMATIZING TO ME AS AN AUNT, AS A
  • 00:20:43.250 --> 00:20:47.200
  • MOTHER, AS A SISTER, THAT YOU SET OUT ON THIS QUEST
  • 00:20:47.220 --> 00:20:52.290
  • TO SAY, GOD, WHAT CAN I DO HERE?
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:55.200
  • HOW CAN WE STOP THIS?
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.200
  • - WE NEED TO START VIEWING PEOPLE WHO ARE
  • 00:20:57.220 --> 00:21:00.110
  • ADDICTS IN GENERAL AS GOD'S CREATION, AND YOU
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:06.020
  • GO OUT AND REACH THEM. THAT'S THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:21:06.040 --> 00:21:10.120
  • THAT IS THE GOSPEL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT
  • 00:21:10.140 --> 00:21:12.110
  • THEY'RE IN IN THEIR LIVES.
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:15.010
  • - THAT'S MY ONLY BUSINESS IS TO SAVE
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:17.080
  • LIVES, AND I DON'T WANT ANOTHER STATISTIC.
  • 00:21:17.100 --> 00:21:21.260
  • I HAD A BROTHER THAT LOST TWO SONS AND A GRANDSON
  • 00:21:21.280 --> 00:21:25.110
  • IN 12 MONTHS FROM OPIATES, FROM HEROIN
  • 00:21:25.130 --> 00:21:29.200
  • ADDICTION, AND I THOUGHT, MY GOD, THESE WERE YOUNG
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:33.040
  • PEOPLE WITH LIVES AHEAD OF THEM.
  • 00:21:33.060 --> 00:21:36.020
  • ONE OF MY NEPHEWS HAD A LITTLE THREE YEAR-OLD
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:40.110
  • BOY, AND NOW SOMEBODY ELSE IS RAISING THAT CHILD.
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:44.110
  • - AN OPIATE ADDICTION IS A DISEASE OF ISOLATION,
  • 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:47.100
  • AND IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GET BETTER,
  • 00:21:47.120 --> 00:21:49.030
  • YOU NEED COMMUNITY.
  • 00:21:49.050 --> 00:21:51.080
  • AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS IN THE BROKENNESS, PEOPLE
  • 00:21:51.100 --> 00:21:53.200
  • ARE SUFFERING FROM ALL KINDS OF THINGS,
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:55.220
  • RELATIONALLY, FINANCIALLY, WHAT NOT,
  • 00:21:55.240 --> 00:21:57.260
  • THEY'VE TURNED TO SOME OF THIS BECAUSE IT MAKES THE
  • 00:21:57.280 --> 00:22:00.120
  • NOISE GO AWAY. IT MAKES LIFE SEEM EASIER.
  • 00:22:00.140 --> 00:22:02.200
  • YOU KNOW, ON THE TOPIC OF STIGMA, IT HAS BEEN
  • 00:22:02.220 --> 00:22:06.000
  • PROBABLY THE HARDEST HURDLE TO OVERCOME WHEN
  • 00:22:06.020 --> 00:22:09.240
  • IT COMES TO WORKING WITH THE CHURCH.
  • 00:22:09.260 --> 00:22:13.030
  • THE CHURCH HAS HAD A PREDISPOSITION TO PEOPLE
  • 00:22:13.050 --> 00:22:16.210
  • WHO ARE DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE USE FROM THE
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:20.150
  • VERY BEGINNING. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:22:20.170 --> 00:22:22.140
  • THEY'RE A LITTLE FEARFUL OF IT.
  • 00:22:22.160 --> 00:22:24.130
  • THOSE FOLKS DON'T LOOK LIKE THEM, USUALLY.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:27.020
  • BUT WHAT'S CHANGED WITH THIS OPIOID CRISIS IS
  • 00:22:27.040 --> 00:22:29.070
  • THAT LOOK HERE IN OHIO, ONE OUT OF THREE PEOPLE
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:32.060
  • IS BEING IMPACTED BY IT, AND THEY ARE THE PEOPLE
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:34.250
  • THAT THEY'RE SITTING NEXT TO IN THE PEWS.
  • 00:22:34.270 --> 00:22:36.200
  • SO THAT PIECE HAS CHANGED.
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:38.200
  • BUT THE STIGMA THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT HASN'T.
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.110
  • - I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THAT LIVES ARE WORTH
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:43.270
  • SAVING, AND WE LOST MORE PEOPLE TO THE OPIATE
  • 00:22:43.290 --> 00:22:47.150
  • ADDICTION LAST YEAR THAN THE WHOLE VIETNAM WAR.
  • 00:22:47.170 --> 00:22:52.150
  • WE CAN NO LONGER JUST TURN OUR BLIND EYES AWAY
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:56.170
  • AND SAY, IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S PROBLEM.
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:58.130
  • YOU'LL THINK THAT UNTIL IT KNOCKS ON YOUR
  • 00:22:58.150 --> 00:23:00.040
  • LOVED ONE'S DOOR.
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:02.120
  • - IF YOU'RE IN THIS, YOU HAVE TO DO IT
  • 00:23:02.140 --> 00:23:04.050
  • FOR THE LONG HAUL.
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:06.030
  • YOU HAVE TO ALMOST LOOK AT IT THE WAY GOD DOES.
  • 00:23:06.050 --> 00:23:08.170
  • GOD VIEWS US...
  • 00:23:11.130 --> 00:23:16.160
  • AS WE CAN BE, AND THAT'S HOW WE HAVE TO VIEW AN ADDICT...
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  • THAT THEY CAN BE WHAT THEY ARE NOT NOW.
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:29.020
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:23:29.040 --> 00:23:37.100
  • [MUSIC]
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  • - IT'S LIKE MY COUSIN TOLD ME.
  • 00:23:45.010 --> 00:23:46.220
  • I ONLY GOT ONE SHOT LEFT. I BETTER MAKE IT RIGHT.
  • 00:23:46.240 --> 00:23:49.240
  • THIS TIME, YOU KNOW, I DID WHATEVER I HAD TO DO.
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:55.020
  • I OFFERED HIM A PLACE TO STAY.
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:57.250
  • ME AND ME FIANCEE AGREED TO LET HIM STAY HERE AT
  • 00:23:57.270 --> 00:24:00.080
  • THE HOUSE WITH US.
  • 00:24:00.100 --> 00:24:02.120
  • I TOOK HIM TO REHAB TWICE A WEEK.
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  • HE'S DOING REALLY GOOD.
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:09.240
  • HE'S APPROACHING THE 19 MONTH SOBER MARK,
  • 00:24:09.260 --> 00:24:13.100
  • WHICH IS AWESOME.
  • 00:24:13.120 --> 00:24:16.020
  • SINCE HE'S MOVED OUT AND GOTTEN A FULL-TIME JOB, I
  • 00:24:16.040 --> 00:24:19.010
  • SEE OTHER CHANGES, AND I'M PROUD OF HIM.
  • 00:24:19.030 --> 00:24:22.280
  • HE'S DOING GOOD, BUT YOU KNOW, LIFE IS TOUGH, AND
  • 00:24:23.000 --> 00:24:27.120
  • ONCE YOU BECOME ADDICTED TO SOMETHING, I DON'T
  • 00:24:27.140 --> 00:24:29.140
  • CARE IF IT'S CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, DRUGS, IT'S
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:33.110
  • SOMETHING THAT YOU WORK ON EVERY DAY FOR THE
  • 00:24:33.130 --> 00:24:36.130
  • REST OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:36.150 --> 00:24:38.140
  • IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR LOVED ONE
  • 00:24:38.160 --> 00:24:41.030
  • THAT'S IN ACTIVE ADDICTION, OR IF YOU'RE
  • 00:24:41.050 --> 00:24:44.140
  • ACTIVELY USING YOURSELF, PLEASE REACH OUT AND TALK
  • 00:24:44.160 --> 00:24:47.170
  • TO SOMEBODY AND GET HELP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
  • 00:24:47.190 --> 00:24:50.270
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WILL LOVE YOU
  • 00:24:50.290 --> 00:24:53.160
  • AND THAT WILL HELP YOU. PLEASE, REACH OUT.
  • 00:24:53.180 --> 00:24:58.010
  • ASK FOR HELP, AND GET THE HELP WHEN YOU FIND IT.
  • 00:24:58.030 --> 00:25:01.220
  • DON'T END UP IN MY SHOES.
  • 00:25:01.240 --> 00:25:04.080
  • IT SUCKS, TRUST ME.
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:08.170
  • - ANNOUNCER: EVERY 12 MINUTES, SOMEONE IN AMERICA DIES
  • 00:25:08.190 --> 00:25:11.070
  • FROM AN OPIOID OVERDOSE.
  • 00:25:11.090 --> 00:25:13.260
  • ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, DRUG
  • 00:25:13.280 --> 00:25:16.110
  • OVERDOSES SURPASS CAR ACCIDENTS AS THE LEADING
  • 00:25:16.130 --> 00:25:19.100
  • CAUSE OF INJURY-RELATED DEATH FOR AMERICANS AGED 25-64.
  • 00:25:19.120 --> 00:25:24.140
  • THE ABUSE OF OPIOIDS IS A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC THAT
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:28.010
  • AFFECTS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
  • 00:25:28.030 --> 00:25:30.170
  • ACCORDING TO A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG
  • 00:25:30.190 --> 00:25:33.050
  • USE AND HEALTH, AN ESTIMATES TWO MILLION
  • 00:25:33.070 --> 00:25:35.260
  • AMERICANS MISUSED PRESCRIPTION PAIN
  • 00:25:35.280 --> 00:25:38.080
  • RELIEVERS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITHIN THE LAST YEAR.
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:40.230
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THIS ISSUE.
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:43.150
  • WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO
  • 00:25:43.170 --> 00:25:46.070
  • PREVENT THE MISUSE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS AND
  • 00:25:46.090 --> 00:25:49.110
  • TO HELP THOSE STRUGGLING WITH THIS ADDICTION.
  • 00:25:49.130 --> 00:25:51.260
  • TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
  • 00:25:51.280 --> 00:25:54.140
  • PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF OPIOID ADDICTION,
  • 00:25:54.160 --> 00:25:56.180
  • PLEASE GO TO:
  • 00:25:56.200 --> 00:25:59.200
  • IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH OPIOID
  • 00:25:59.220 --> 00:26:02.240
  • ADDICTION, AND WOULD LIKE TO SEEK HELP,
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:05.040
  • PLEASE CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN.
  • 00:26:05.060 --> 00:26:07.050
  • - ABSOLUTELY THERE IS HOPE.
  • 00:26:08.260 --> 00:26:10.290
  • EVERY DAY, I HEAR STORIES OF SUCCESS AND HOPE, BUT
  • 00:26:11.010 --> 00:26:14.180
  • IT'S GOING TO TAKE ALL HANDS ON DECK,
  • 00:26:14.200 --> 00:26:17.260
  • ALL HANDS ON DECK.
  • 00:26:17.280 --> 00:26:19.190
  • IF YOU LOVE PEOPLE, AND YOU LOVE YOUR FAMILY, AND
  • 00:26:19.210 --> 00:26:23.140
  • YOU LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY, THEN THEY ARE WORTH
  • 00:26:23.160 --> 00:26:27.070
  • SAVING, AND YOU NEED TO GET OUT THERE IN THE
  • 00:26:27.090 --> 00:26:29.110
  • NOOKS AND THE CRANNIES AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:31.060
  • I'M GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:26:31.080 --> 00:26:32.270
  • LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. I'VE TRAVELED THE WORLD.
  • 00:26:32.290 --> 00:26:35.150
  • I'VE BEEN ALL OVER THIS WORLD.
  • 00:26:35.170 --> 00:26:37.120
  • THE GREATEST JOY THAT HE HAVE EVER FOUND IS WHEN I
  • 00:26:37.140 --> 00:26:41.040
  • CAN TAKE MY EXPERIENCES AND WHAT I'VE LEARNED AND
  • 00:26:41.060 --> 00:26:44.270
  • BENEFIT ANOTHER PERSON AND HELP THEM AVOID SOME
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:48.280
  • OF THE PITFALLS THAT MY HUSBAND AND I HAD TO GO
  • 00:26:49.000 --> 00:26:51.290
  • THROUGH AND SOME OF THE PAIN.
  • 00:26:52.010 --> 00:26:53.220
  • THERE'S NO GREATER JOY THAN LIFTING SOMEONE ELSE
  • 00:26:53.240 --> 00:26:56.090
  • UP AND MAKING THEIR LIVES BETTER AND GETTING THEM
  • 00:26:56.110 --> 00:27:00.070
  • BACK ON THE TRACK AND BACK WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
  • 00:27:00.090 --> 00:27:02.200
  • I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH JOY THERE IS IN THAT.
  • 00:27:02.220 --> 00:27:06.140
  • THERE'S NO GREATER JOY.
  • 00:27:06.160 --> 00:27:08.080
  • - IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO'S ADDICTED, IF YOU
  • 00:27:11.160 --> 00:27:13.170
  • SUSPECT IT, THEN IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION.
  • 00:27:13.190 --> 00:27:17.140
  • REACH OUT AND HELP THEM. OFFER TO LISTEN TO THEM.
  • 00:27:17.160 --> 00:27:21.100
  • YOU SEE, WE ALL PLAY A PART IN THE LIVES OF
  • 00:27:21.120 --> 00:27:23.110
  • THOSE AROUND US.
  • 00:27:23.130 --> 00:27:25.030
  • THE PATHWAY TO FREEDOM IS A VERY TOUGH ONE FOR THE
  • 00:27:25.050 --> 00:27:27.080
  • ADDICT AND FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THEM.
  • 00:27:27.100 --> 00:27:29.160
  • BUT THE ONLY WAY TO SEE THINGS CHANGE IS TO TAKE
  • 00:27:29.180 --> 00:27:33.080
  • THAT FIRST STEP. SEE ADDICTION DIFFERENTLY.
  • 00:27:33.100 --> 00:27:36.150
  • SEE IT FOR THE PRISON IT IS.
  • 00:27:36.170 --> 00:27:39.000
  • SEE THE ADDICT AS SOMEONE WHO NEEDS YOUR HELP.
  • 00:27:39.020 --> 00:27:42.160
  • BY THE WAY, IF YOU'RE WATCHING THIS NOW, AND
  • 00:27:42.180 --> 00:27:45.280
  • YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S TRAPPED BY OPIOID
  • 00:27:46.000 --> 00:27:48.090
  • ADDICTION, YOU HAVE TO TAKE THAT FIRST BOLD STEP
  • 00:27:48.110 --> 00:27:52.180
  • AND ASK FOR HELP.
  • 00:27:52.200 --> 00:27:54.220
  • IT MAY NOT BE EASY, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:
  • 00:27:54.240 --> 00:27:57.180
  • YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT, AND WE ALL CARE ABOUT YOU.
  • 00:27:57.200 --> 00:28:04.030
  • I'M KELLY WRIGHT, THANKS FOR WATCHING.
  • 00:28:04.050 --> 00:28:07.180
  • AND TOGETHER, WE'RE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.
  • 00:28:07.200 --> 00:28:12.090
  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS...
  • 00:28:15.120 --> 00:28:23.160
  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS...
  • 00:28:23.160 --> 00:28:24.160