I read an article online last night about the reported suicide of country music star Mindy McCready. She had battled addictions for many years and had even appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The article mentioned that her boyfriend had died about a month ago, also from a suicide and that after his death Dr. Drew contacted Mindy to check on her and urged her to take care of herself and get into a facility for help if she needed it. According to the article she was afraid of what people would think and the stigma attached to getting help. Why does society look down on those who are getting help? There are so many people in today’s world that need help whether it’s due to addictions, depression, mental illness or so many other reasons, yet they won’t take the step to get help because then everyone would know they have a problem. Why do we treat those people like they have some contagious disease, talking about them behind their backs, rather than standing beside them supporting them as they get help? Where I live, drug addiction is a major problem, practically an epidemic. Every week you can look in the local newspapers and find obituaries of men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Sometimes you see more young people in the obituaries than you do people who are older. How many of these lives could have been saved if only “getting help” were easier and not so stigmatized? I know that an addict will only change when they are ready to change. I know this first hand. My husband is a recovering drug addict and even though he is clean, that addiction is a demon he fights everyday. But as a society shouldn’t we support those who are ready to change instead of shaming them? I would love to see more programs to help those who need help like this. Not just to help them get clean, but to give them a new outlook on life. Help them find jobs and housing to move out of the neighborhoods where the next high is right outside their front door. Help them learn skills to be able to cope with the stress of everyday life. There is so much that we could do to help those who need help. You may not have the resources to help someone financially to get on their feet and away from that lifestyle, but you can take the first step of letting them know you are there for them. If you know someone who suffers from an addiction, depression, or mental illness, let them know you are behind them to help and encourage them to get better. Maybe its just being that listening ear or shoulder to cry on. Sometimes just knowing that someone cares may be enough to save someone’s life. ~The Mrs.~
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Crystal is a healthcare financial counselor by day and a blogger by night. She is an avid baker and loves to experiment with new recipes. In the rare moment that she has spare time, she loves bubble baths, swinging on the porch and indulging in a good mystery book.