Feb. 06

Intervention Canada ~ A story from my Small Northern Ontario City …

 

 

Com­ing from a small town in north­ern Ontario such as mine, one tends to usu­ally know every­one else’s busi­ness. In my city, the last time that I checked, we had a pop­u­la­tion of 80000 which really is con­sid­ered small as opposed to other cities in Ontario Canada such as Toronto and elsewhere.

Street drugs and non-prescription drugs are just as bad here as any­where else, and it has got­ten to the point of die-hard “junkies” (a word that really ticks me off!) doing rel­a­tively any­thing to get their next ‘fix’ which is shock­ing, yet not sur­pris­ing. Home inva­sions are on the rise here, with the users enter­ing any ran­dom home, (they do not have a time pref­er­ence) bound­ing and tying up the home­own­ers (so that they can­not speak or move), while these drug–junkies search these homes for any­thing valu­able to steal and sell so they can afford to feed their addiction.

The thing that really both­ers me the most is that these addicts do not care what age you are, they will invade your home, period. The frail and inno­cent elderly are often the vic­tims, and it sick­ens me as to what these addicts will do what­ever it takes to get street drugs, and this includes harm­ing any­one at all in their way, not even car­ing if there are even chil­dren in their pres­ence. An addic­tion is an addic­tion, and it does not mat­ter whether it’s mar­i­jauna, cocaine, crack, heroin, methadone, mor­phine, opi­ates, ecstasy pills, per­co­cets, (or any pill that is habit-forming to snort or crush and smoke) and I am think­ing that there are many oth­ers that I am not even aware of!!

Oxy­codone {or oxy­con­tin} addic­tion has been on the rise all over Canada, and right now it’s one of the most abused pre­scrip­tion drugs! It actu­ally got to the point of phar­ma­cies being robbed at gun or knife-point to get a reliev­ing buzz. Many phar­ma­cies stopped car­ry­ing Oxy­Con­tin for this very rea­son, and I don’t blame them one bit!!

In Canada, the increase in rob­beries has accom­pa­nied an increase in treat­ment pro­grams for peo­ple addicted to painkillers, espe­cially in the age bracket of 18 to 24 years old. Some attempt to steal the med­ica­tions for their own addic­tion, while oth­ers resell them on the streets at prices of $50 per pill or higher. Oth­ers have resorted to more orga­nized meth­ods of crime, such as offer­ing to buy pre­scrip­tions from legit­i­mate patients in or out­side of phar­macy wait­ing areas or using fake pre­scrip­tions cre­ated for themselves.

 

Oxy­codone is a drug addic­tion that pro­gresses rapidly. Users who begin tak­ing the drugs fol­low­ing an injury or surgery can quickly become addicted and will begin using the drug for its euphoric effects and to reach a state of “nor­malcy,” even after their injury has healed. Stronger dosages are needed as the addic­tion esca­lates. Aside from pill form, oxy­codone can be injested through the nose or by injec­tion. While I am not obliv­i­ous to the fact that these ille­gal drugs are sold all over the world, I just hear it more in our tight-knit com­mu­nity and it’s a shame that I actu­ally have a close friend or 8 that have became addicted as well, it really hurts.

 

 

Awhile back my best friend Deb­bie was inform­ing me of a young girl named “Mar­cie” (not really her name) from my city who hap­pened to be appear­ing on the show “Inter­ven­tion Canada”. In case you have never heard of this pop­u­lar tele­vised doc­u­men­tary, it is described as a pow­er­ful and grip­ping tele­vi­sion series in which peo­ple con­front their dark­est demons and seek a route to redemp­tion. The series fol­lows the for­mat of the mul­ti­ple Emmy-nominated ground-breaking U.S. series. It pro­files peo­ple whose depen­den­cies on drugs and alco­hol or other com­pul­sive behav­iour have brought them to a point of per­sonal cri­sis that cul­mi­nates in an inter­ven­tion with fam­i­lies and pro­fes­sion­als offer­ing assistance.

 

 

My husband’s best friend since grade school hap­pened to assist in rais­ing “Mar­cie” and even­tu­ally mar­ried her mother.  Every­thing was great, until Mar­cie turned 13. She began to drink to the point of get­ting plas­tered, and passed out one night at a house party, where Mar­cie got raped.

Things turned worse after that, and she began using some of the more minor yet pop­u­lar drugs on the street, smok­ing weed and oil. Mar­cie then met a man who was about 20 years older than her, and since he was an expe­ri­enced drug and nee­dle user, intro­duced her to the very pow­er­ful and addict­ing drugs. Together they shot up and smoked almost every­thing imag­in­able, and it got to the point that Mar­cie was in a fried and veg­e­ta­tive state daily, won­der­ing where her next fix was com­ing from. She was just as addicted as he was, and the num­ber of grams used daily would rise and increase to the point of not being able to afford these drugs, and when Mar­cie was 17, she robbed a con­fec­tionary store just to get the money for their next fix. Of course, she got caught.

 

 

 

Mar­cie was a very attrac­tive young girl with the most amaz­ing blue eyes and had the per­fect fig­ure. At the young age of 17, she became preg­nant by the older man that she was with, both daily drug users. Mar­cie ended up break­ing all of the veins in her arms and hands, thus lead­ing her to shoot up in the legs and feet, if she or any­one else could find a vein on her body to insert the nee­dle into.

Mar­cie knew imme­di­ately when to quit, how­ever still required methadone daily — methadone is given at the phar­macy and is given by the phar­ma­cist directly to an addict to curve that crav­ing for users. The prin­ci­pal effects of methadone main­te­nance are to relieve nar­cotic crav­ing, sup­press the absti­nence syn­drome, and block the euphoric effects asso­ci­ated with opi­ates. Methadone main­te­nance has been found to be med­ically safe and non-sedating. It is also indi­cated for preg­nant women addicted to opi­ates. As part of her rob­bery charge, Mar­cie was banned from see­ing that older man that she was in a rela­tion­ship with, yet con­tin­ued to sleep at his house every night. After the birth of her baby, some­one helped Mar­cie raise the lit­tle one, so Mar­cie would visit her baby every day and became an excel­lent mother. There was absolutely noth­ing that Mar­cie would not do for her child, and her own mother would also par­tic­i­pate in car­ing for her grand-baby.

 

 

Through all of this, I watched as the story unfolded on tv. She con­tin­ued on using after her baby was born, but only at night at her boyfriends as she had the baby to care for on an every­day basis. They expected the baby to be born an addict, how­ever Mar­cie got lucky, as this child endured absolutely no with­drawl symp­toms. Praise the Lord!!

I also watched Marcie’s mom on the show who is also the same age as me, admit­ting that she also was a user and strug­gled every­day for months. She even admit­ted to ‘using’ with her teenage daugh­ter (which Marcie’s mother was not proud of), and thank­fully quit using the harsh drugs by means of smok­ing them or shoot­ing up by syringe about 5 years ago after she stepped back and watched her daugh­ter slowly hit­ting rock bot­tom. She decided that even­tu­ally her daugh­ter would die if she con­tin­ued shoot­ing up the way she was, so that was when she reached the actual turn­ing point in her life. Inter­ven­tion Canada was called upon by the fam­ily mem­bers, and the show was almost shot imme­di­ately, right here in my own city.

 

 

The point of this story? Marcie’s mom is  now a very good friend of mine. I have got­ten to know her, and we are now the very best of friends thanks to Inter­ven­tion Canada! Marcie’s mom is no dif­fer­ent than you or I. She is tall, very beau­ti­ful, per­fect body, ram­bunc­tious, happy, out­go­ing, and those are just a few of the words to describe her. Inter­ven­tion Canada helped Mar­cie out immensely, and since the inter­ven­tion she no longer see’s the older man who assisted in drag­ging her down, the baby’s father. She is much bet­ter off, and is now in the works of get­ting her lit­tle one (now 2) back and into her very own apartment.

Addic­tion sucks. I admit that I have a strong addic­tion, and that is to the evil nico­tine. It over­whelms me day and night, and I almost wish that as a stu­pid naive and eas­ily per­suaded teenager that I never even attempted try­ing a cig­a­rette, ever. I strug­gle often with it, and yes, it is a vice that many peo­ple have. Other’s are addicted to gam­bling. Cer­tain oth­ers are addicted to alco­hol. No mat­ter what, an addic­tion is always an addic­tion and addic­tions are extremely hard to curb!

My new friend is clean now, yet peo­ple that know her from the past life still con­sider her a ‘junkie’ and it hurts. Per­son­ally I hate that word, because I beleive that every­one deserves a sec­ond chance in life. Junkie seems to be a harsh and hurt­ful word to me, (I pre­fer ‘addict’, it just sounds bet­ter per­son­ally) and I just wish that peo­ple would quit stereo­typ­ing oth­ers from their past.

I will con­tinue on help­ing my new friend in any way pos­si­ble to ensure that she does not relapse and go down the wrong path again. I really hope that you will all do your best to help oth­ers as well dur­ing these hard times in life. By even sav­ing one per­son, you are mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence in someone’s life, I assure you. Know the warn­ing signs and do as much research into this as you can in case you are some­day faced with this prob­lem. It could hap­pen to any­one — it does not mat­ter if one has a high end job and lead­ing an extremely wealthy lifestyle, or just a per­son just sim­ply who is lay­ing in an alley some­where wait­ing for their next fix. It’s all around us every­where, so don’t turn the other cheek. They are really hurt­ing inside, and may very well be hurt­ing and look­ing for a way out of this awful habit.

Let them know that you care. You may be the only one.

 

 

 

 

 

In clos­ing, I am going to leave you with a poem that I learned from my sis­ter when I was just a young teenager, and I’ve always remem­bered it ever since.

 

 

Take Me in Your
Arms

(Miss
Heroin)

 

So now, lit­tle man, you’ve grown tired of grass
LSD, goof­balls, cocaine and hash,
and some­one, pre­tend­ing to be a true friend,
said, “I’ll intro­duce you to Miss Heroin.”

Well honey, before you start fool­ing with me,
just let me inform you of how it will be.

For I will seduce you and make you my slave,
I’ve sent men much stronger than you to their graves.
You think you could never become a dis­grace,
and end up addicted to Poppy seed waste.

So you’ll start inhal­ing me one after­noon,
you’ll take me into your arms very soon.
And once I’ve entered deep down in your veins,
The crav­ing will nearly drive you insane.

You’ll swin­dle your mother and just for a buck.
You’ll turn into some­thing vile and cor­rupt.
You’ll mug and you’ll steal for my nar­cotic charm,
and feel con­tent­ment when I’m in your arms.

The day, when you real­ize the mon­ster you’ve grown,
you’ll solemnly swear to leave me alone.
If you think you’ve got that mys­ti­cal knack,
then sweetie, just try get­ting me off your back.

The vomit, the cramps, your gut tied in knots.
The jan­gling nerves scream­ing for one more shot.
The hot chills and cold sweats, with­drawal pains,
can only be saved by my lit­tle white grains.

There’s no other way, and there’s no need to look,
for deep down inside you know you are hooked.
You’ll des­per­ately run to the push­ers and then,
you’ll wel­come me back to your arms once again.

And you will return just as I fore­told!
I know that you’ll give me your body and soul.
You’ll give up your morals, your con­science, your heart.
And you will be mine until, “Death Do Us Part”

 

Author Anony­mous

 

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» 2 Responses to “Intervention Canada ~ A story from my Small Northern Ontario City …”

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  1. Maegan Morin
    February 6th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    First off… wow that poem is chill­ing.
    I am addicted to cig­garettes and I agree with you I HATE IT! It hate how it con­trols and how it makes me feel. If I could go back in time I would kick 12 year old me in the head before I could ever become addicted. I know my addic­tion isnt as seri­ous as some oth­ers out there but like you said an addic­tion is an addic­tion, they are all the same. I have had a few over the years, painkillers, weed, alchohol all of which I was able to kick but not smok­ing :( It sucks!
    I know what you mean about try­ing to save some­ones life and every­one has good inten­tions but no one ever tells you how hard its going to be. I have a cousin who is 15 years old and 31 weeks preg­nant. I am the only per­son who gave two sec­onds to that girl but I warned her that if she ever stole from or broke my trust we were done. Need­less to say she did steal from me and though she was sorry and blam­ing the drugs I just cant trust her again. I cant afford to trust her again because we dont have much as it is. It just kills me when I would have given her any­thing she would have wanted (if I could and besides drugs) and yet she still feels a need to take from me. Now that shes about to have this baby I feel guilty that im not there for her (because no one else is) and I just want to save her baby. Its a hard quest and I still dont know what to do.

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  3. roxxyroller
    February 7th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, thanks for shar­ing that with us sweety! In my per­sonal opin­ion, if she has no one else, you should step in and help with the baby. Also, I would not give her any­thing money-wise either since it might very well be used to feed her addic­tion again. After she gives birth, see how you feel. I know that you want to save that lit­tle help­less child who did not ask to be born, how­ever you also have to look out for your­self and your imme­di­ate family’s best inter­est. If she asks for money, tell her straight out that you will not give her the actual money, but you might tell her that you would like to be part of the baby’s life some­what, and you will go your­self to buy what she needs for that baby to ensure that the money really is spent on the lil one. Maybe once in awhile you can babysit if she needs a sit­ter, but do not let her take advan­tage of you or else she might grow depen­dant on you to sit all of the time. I hope it all works out, these are all dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions to be in to begin with!