As you most likely know by now, September was Recovery Month, a special time for our community. At the beginning of the month the L+C team challenged our members to celebrate their recovery community through submitting bragging rights, sending a loved one a note, or letting someone know that how much they have meant during your journey of sobriety.
I recently watched the short film, Heroin(e), and found this to be an fitting film to watch during Recovery Month. The film highlights three women in Huntington, WV who are working to stop the opioid epidemic. Huntington, WV is the overdose capital of America right now. While the film sheds light on the tragedy that is the opioid epidemic, it also does a fantastic job of highlighting the work that is being done by average, American citizens to fight this crisis and give everyone a second chance. It leaves you with an empowering sense that anyone can make a difference, and it is never too early to start doing so.
The film offers a positive spin on what can be done in your own communities to make a difference and potentially save lives. One character in the film, Chief Rader states, “I don’t care if I have to save somebody 50 times,” says Rader, who personally delivers the overdose antidote Naloxone to Huntington’s fire houses. “That’s 50 chances to get into long-term recovery.” Even if it takes you 50 times, don’t give up on those you are reaching out to, and never forget those who fought for your tomorrow.
As we finish out Recovery Month, it is a good time to reflect on who have been the heroes/heroines in your own life, and make sure they know what an impact they have had on you. Continue to serve in your own community beyond Recovery Month, so that one day someone is able to look to you as their own champion.
I will leave you with a quote from the Forbes article written about the film, “…the example these women set implicitly touches on how to best address the root causes of opioid addiction. They show that if you look people in the eye and call them by name, if you treat them not like drug addicts but as people with something to live for, they might start to see themselves that way too.”
If interested, you can read more about the film here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidalm/2017/09/14/heroine-follows-three-women-fighting-west-virginias-opioid-epidemic/#55f8d6381e6a