We all know the feeling of invincibility. The moment that takes place in our minds that we feel that no one or thing can stop us. We find these moments in early life by competing, succeeding or, even, dominating something. Of course, this feeling will never last because if we continue to compete at the highest levels; sooner or later we will lose to a greater competitor. The web of addiction is a lot like that in the sense we feel a euphoric high while using and since nothing bad happened it always feels manageable. The invincible part is we can do as we wish and not face harsh consequences or death. Not too long ago, stories of drug overdose felt so far away because it didn’t happen to someone close to us. However, drug overdose deaths are taking about 100 American lives each day so it’s becoming more difficult to maintain distance from such devastating events.
Working in recovery we learn to accept relapse and overdose death but that doesn’t mean we ever get numb to it! Each loss is regrettable because we know it’s preventable and recovery is possible. We value, cherish and work hard to protect each person seeking recovery but the journey is not ours. We can only help people safely detoxify and provide tools for a life of recovery that need to be practiced daily. However, when we feel invincible we can’t conceive that overdose death is possible for us…that is for other people. Bottom line, anyone in active addiction can die at any time or anywhere. No one is safe (or invincible) and the overdose numbers are only climbing. It can and will happen to everyone who continues to use and probably someone close to you. This is a “me too” category that no one should find themselves in.