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What does a dad do after watching his son for a decade through Heroin addiction? Can you think of anything worse? Some say walk away! They tell me, “an addict needs to save their own dammed self”. What can a dad do anyway? Cry? Drink? go to a movie? Come on! I love this kid; so don’t all dads!…and moms. When he squeezed out of his mother 27 years ago that made me cry. That was real joy. That was a miracle. A little wrinkled blue guy looking up at me through glazed newborn eyes. I am his dad. Wow? Now a Dad on fire. Owen is in Yuma now, engaged in a rehab facility called the Light House, run by Community Bridges, an Arizona Statewide social services organization that administers detox and residential services in addition to wide range of other mental health programs. I pray as I always have, that this will be his time. That freedom will finally be within his grasp; that he will see a glint of light at a very long and dark tunnel. Of course my heart goes out to all the father’s and mothers that have experienced the scourge of drug addiction of one of their loved ones . I say don’t give up. Take as good of care of your self as possible. Its hard; maybe the hardest thing you will ever know.
I often publicize the damage that narcotic and other drugs bear on Americans. Ensuing addiction is a massive destructive force that is destroying 7% of our population & not the least, families & taxpayers. Now, we find that 8,000 veterans each year are dying allegedly due to overly prescribed psychotropic and/or narcotic drugs. Is it suicide?… overdose?… We do know. We know its real and targeting veterans and active servicemen and women. The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights is exposing the issue. It is well worth checking out. I also publicize the notion of elevating these issues to national prominence and demanding its attention within the framework of solutions. Please view the film; The Hidden Enemy.