It has been an emotional week on all fronts. From the absolutely horrific tragedy that occured in Paris last Friday, we grieve along with the entire world. For us at One Unified, the Paris tragedy reminds us that there are so many forces in this world that will attempt to conquer us, to tear us apart and divide us as a people. It is in times such as these that we remember that we are all united in our common humanity and our desire to live happy, healthy and safe lives; lives free of terror and oppression. Keeping our own lives as normal as possible, while being ever mindful of those who lost their lives, is the ultimate way to battle back against those who may wish to cause us harm. We hope that you have the people of Paris and of the world in your thoughts and prayers.
Did you happen to catch Wednesday’s interview with our friend Steve? If you missed it, please take a moment to read it here. We were talking about bad habits this week, which inevitably led us down the path of addiction. Our interview with Steve tackled some difficult and mature topics, so parental discretion is advised.
If you or someone you care about has ever gone down the long and lonely road of alcohol and drug addiction, it is an excellent and honest read. To open up with such candor about a very difficult and painful time, was so courageous and is much appreciated by the publishers here and the readers as well.
Addiction is a problem that, according to the National Council on Alcohol and Drugs, effects 17.6 million people, or one in every twelve adults in the United States. As Steve attests in his interview, many people start with alcohol or “soft” drugs as a means of trying to fit in or to look “cool”. Sometimes it becomes a crutch, a way to be more outgoing, to perform better in various venues, or to relive stress and anxiety.
There are countless addictions that we did not have the opportunity to discuss this week. Addictions ranging from gambling, sex and nicotine, to those you may hear about less frequently like internet, food, and even shopping.
If you or someone you love is dealing with an addiction or you think there may be a problem, here are some numbers for you to consider reaching out for help. There are people who have been there, and are willing to take your hand if you simply reach out.
The Treatment Referral Routing Service- 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Veteran’s Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Alcoholics Anonymous of Southeastern PA 215-923-7900
You can find an NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting in your area here.