Kip Shubert, 49, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, lost his car, house, and the respect of almost everyone he knew before the threat of losing his job as a middle school social studies teacher—and custody of his own children—finally pushed him to seek help.
The center of addiction recovery is broken. We have been losing too many, too fast, for way too long. At Workit we call these friends and family members the Lost, and we have grown tired of watching them die by the hundreds in our worlds. We have come to believe that there is a better way and that we are responsible for designing it together.
On September 11th, Families Against Narcotics, Northwest Wayne County Chapter, gathered at LifeChurch in Canton to talk about finding treatment in Michigan.
On World Suicide Prevention Day, Understand That Addiction and Suicide Are Undeniably Linked. You can, of course, commit suicide without drinking or using drugs. But suicide is a leading cause of death among people with substance use disorders, and alcohol is present in 30 to 40% of suicide attempts. Statistics say over half of all suicides are associated with alcohol and drug use, and 25% of those struggling from substance use disorder commit suicide. This is especially ominous in the midst of the opioid crisis, when the potency of fentanyl is that of a loaded gun, and a bad day puts death quite literally at your fingertips. We don’t know how many opiate overdose deaths are actually suicides.
Everywhere you look, news stories and headlines announce the latest scandals: pill mills, doctors over-prescribing pain meds, parents overdosing with their children in their car, even veterinarians having to monitor pets’ owners for abuse of pain medication. It’s hard to wrap your head around the scope of it all. And Michigan, like every state, has been hit hard by the epidemic.
Recovery is making it through a three day weekend, maybe not changing your clothes or maybe being more present than you’ve been in 5 years, but making it through that weekend, dammit. Recovery is using your level of road rage as a spiritual barometer. Recovery is suiting up and showing up unless suiting up and showing up for yourself tonite looks like watching Netflix with your pets in your pajamas. Recovery is giving up trying to be cool, and realizing that makes you cooler than you ever were.