“Speaking as somebody who’s been in the drug scene, it’s not something you can go on and on doing you know. It’s like drink or anything, you’ve got come to grips with it.”
~ John Lennon
It’s hard to miss the symbolism: Former opioid addicts cleaning up the drug-infested park they once used. A park that was filled with broken glass, used needles and shattered lives.
But it is much more than just symbolism. It is real change.
Opioids are in the news.
From the news conferences to talk shows to television dramas, opioids and the people affected by them are getting a lot of exposure. Methadone abuse is costing lives and money. It’s taking a toll on American society. It cannot be ignored anymore.
Ms. Alfreda Patterson is a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland.
She began working at CCG in 2015. Her personal experiences and deep desires to assist people motivated her to become a counselor. Especially, people who have substance abuse disorders.
It’s a word tossed around a lot these days. So much, in fact, that it may have lost its meaning.
Seems like everyone has an “addiction” to something. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex and gambling are the vices that everyone accepted as addictions. They even have groups dedicated to helping them overcome their addiction and havelife”.