Grandparents giving up retirement to raise kids in response to opiate crisis "An increasing number of grandparents in Michigan and nationwide are sacrificing retirement to raise grandchildren abandoned as a result of the opioid crisis — often with little support to help them navigate schools and social services, according to a new report ." As a Grandparent, I feel for these people. It is NOT caused because they raised their kids wrong or didn't have 3 meals a week with them--it is a complicated issue and addiction has a strong physical component--as a society is our responsibility to help these self-sacrificing people..where do you stand?
Happy Millerites Day to all you alarmists out there for the Day of Great Disappointment--October 22. I honor all alarmists in memory of the charismatic preacher Miller who predicted the end of the world on October 22,1844, and greatly disappointed his followers when it failed to happen. But if you think it's just religious nuts and preppers that concern themselves with doomsday scenarios, you would be wrong. It is not just religious kooks who run around predicting the end of the world bringing fear into our homes and communicating catastrophe on social media pages. It is major scientists like Paul Ehrlich in the Population Bomb, who predicted it would all be over by this time, the UN who keeps changing the tipping point date for turning our planet into an inferno, Molina and Rowland, two chemists at the University of California who revealed the threats to the ozone layer and so on. In fact, 22 percent of Americans believe that the world will end in their lifetime. Serious
We always think of helping the parent of teenage drug addicts and alcoholics and often forget the parents of adult addicts. Sometimes it is more tragic for the 70 year old parent struggling to know what to do with their 55 year old addict "child." Parents empowering parents | Sequim Gazette : "“It’s so important not only for the adult addict but for the parents to have this support,” Joanna said. “I never was a big believer in support groups but I am now,” she said. “It really has helped especially when you feel so alone.” PAL is a nonprofit support group for parents whose children struggle with drug addiction." 'via Blog this'
Pay It Forward. Together we can help struggling centers. : "One of my favorite movies is "Pay It Forward"--where people do good for others, just because. Many, many organizations who work with addicts and alcoholics do just that--they sacrifice much to try and help the struggling alcoholic/addict and their families. At Day By Day, we have endeavored to help those centers help others by starting our own "Pay It Forward" program. For well over 10 years we have sent thousands of dollars of recovery books to hundreds of centers. It has been our honor to do so. In fact, this last week 5 treatment centers have requested free books from our "Pay It Forward" program. We simply don't have the resources. This is common and we have always sent what we could. We, at Day By Day, are now exploring other ways to help Pay It Forward to the many deserving treatment centers with limited funds that struggle to help those in recovery. One of the things we do,
These parents try to remember their son, Ben, before his addiction--they share their expereince as they particiate in a treatment center support group. If you are considering treatment for your child, read this account. ‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt - The Washington Post : "He holds himself still, stone-like, and I see how these five weeks in treatment have narrowed and chiseled him. Is he breathing? I wait for the sigh; it always comes. This is a boy who holds his breath in excitement when he reads a book or plays a video game; he looks up, the chapter finished, the game over, takes a deep breath and then releases it with all the joy of the journey contained in that letting go and returning to the real world." 'via Blog this'
Hope yes, but we have been trying for decades to help addicted parents! Yet addiction is so very agressive and some families just can't seem to fight it--still, if even one family is rescued... Inour family, it was our mother who found help first in a 12th step prgram. then she brought all her kids (also sufering from the disease)--then her brother--hi s kids--so even though the disease is agreesive--when one member gets it--they can often briing agressve recovery into the family too! "Families are broken apart until the addicted parent can demonstrate the sobriety and responsibility necessary to reunify the family." New court for addicted parents helps promote hope : 'via Blog this'