Addicts often spiral downward into such a dark depression that life is never again the same. There are, however, those addicts who manage the pain in a different way — by making an impact on the lives of others. Sometimes the best advocates for drug prevention are those who have recovered from an addiction themselves, and the best treatment professionals can be those who have been treatment patients in the past.
Helping others overcome addiction or preventing people from using is very therapeutic for someone affected by addiction, as helping others strengthens a recovered addict’s resolve to stay sober by watching others fighting the battle. And to be assured that another parent won’t have to go through the pain can offer a grieving parent some much-needed comfort.
Sheila Savitz lost her son to drug abuse and said, “I lost my battle but I’m never going to give up trying to help them fight theirs.” (1) Savitz has since dedicated her life to helping hundreds get into treatment. While it can never bring back her son, she can see the benefits of her work today. Nearly every treatment facility, prevention program and drug prevention bill going through legislation includes families who have lost someone to drug abuse, and within those families are individuals compelled to make a difference in the lives of others.
(1) Portales woman dedicated to fighting drug abuse