Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Treat Addiction Like Cancer by Laura Hilgers
I want to share with you a great opinion piece from yesterday's New York Times. Laura Hilgers, makes the case that we should be treating addiction like other serious, chronic, possibly fatal illnesses.
Hilgers shares that she was a caregiver for one family member with cancer at the same time she was the caregiver for another loved one with addiction.
But that the way each serious illness is
treated, and the way each caregiver role is experienced, is very different.
Here's a fact that jumped out at me: "Addiction, like cancer, is a complex disease that requires a multi-pronged approach. It also affects 1.5 times as many people as those with all cancers combined..."
Sometimes those of us with long-term recovery forget that part of our work, and our path, is to live the gratitude for our own recovery by reaching out--and reaching back--to advocate for others who need or who are seeking recovery. We need to relate rather than compare. Alcohol, drugs, opioids--all of it is addiction, and we know about that. Which also means that we can be voices for education and advocacy.
Please read Hilgers op-ed. I've attached the link below. Please share this with folks you know--folks in recovery, in healthcare and your public servants.
Here's the link: https://nyti.ms/2GyF7Fr