I live in Dayton, Ohio. It’s a beautiful city—home of the Wright Brothers—but it also has a dark side. It’s the number one city in America for heroin overdose. It’s not a statistic you want to be known for, that’s for sure.
One of my friends, his name was Jason, died of a heroin overdose just a couple of years ago. He was a new Christian trying to get his life together. I performed his wedding. Met with him and his wife for counseling over the years and watched him grow in Christ.
But, one night he had a fight with his wife, and that was enough for him to break his sobriety and hit the streets in search of heroin. A search that ended his life.
What heroin overdose leaves behind is painful, real and unbelievably gut-wrenching. And it’s an epidemic we can’t afford to ignore.
Take this video below. It’s a deeply emotional clip of a dad telling a young son his mom just died of an overdose the night before. When I first watched it, I had a lot of questions (and emotions): Why would a dad tape this? And why would he share it? Oh, and why couldn’t he put his cigarette down for a second during this devastating talk?
But then I stepped back and remembered my friend, Jason, and the struggle heroin addicts go through. It’s never clean cut, pretty or neat. It’s messy, always hanging by a thread and sometimes doesn’t make sense to those who are sober.
I share this video to remind you (and to remind myself) that the struggle is real, and if you know someone who wrestles with addiction, be there for them. Fight alongside them. Don’t pull away because it’s messy or difficult. Sometimes the difference between an overdose and recovery is a friend who’s willing to stand in the gap. A friend who never wants to see a kid grow up without his mom or dad because of drugs.
In the Facebook post, Brenden, the father, wrote, “This wasn’t staged. This was real. I had someone record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic. I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today.”
Our prayers go out to Brenden and his young son.
Caution: It’s emotionally raw.
THIS FOR ANY AND EVERY ADDICT WITH CHILDREN. TODAY I HAD TO TELL MY 8 YEAR OLD SON THAT HIS MOMMY DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE LAST NIGHT. THIS IS THE REALIZATION AND REALITY OF OUR DISEASE. DONT LET THIS DISEASE HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE TELL YOUR CHILD THAT YOUR DEAD BECAUSE OF DRUGS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS IVE EVER HAD TO DO. MY SON HAS NO MOTHER BECAUSE OF HEROIN… KINDA HARD TO HEAR BUT U CAN HEAR WHAT WE’RE SAYING.
PLEASE GET HELP SO OUR CHILDREN DONT HAVE TO SUFFER. THIS WASNT STAGED. THIS WAS REAL. I HAD SOMEONE RECORD THIS SO ADDICTS WITH CHILDREN CAN SEE THE SERIOUSNES OF OUR EPIDEMIC. I AM A RECOVERING ADDICT MYSELF WITH 94 DAYS CLEAN TODAY… PLEASE SHARE N MAYBE HELP SAVE A CHILDS PARENTS LIFE.
Posted by Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark on Monday, October 10, 2016