An Important Message To My Twitter Followers: Do You Need Help? I Am Here
So I purposefully keep my Twitter full of political content. Sometimes there is musical content, memes but for the most part it is all politics. For Operational Security (OpSec) to maintain a small degree of anonymity (I used to be fully Anonymous, but in 2013 I was d0xxed) to separate my personal life from my activist ambitions.
But today I am going to share some information with you all, in hopes that it can help someone who needs it.
I have been battling an addiction to opioids since 2004. It has been a gnarly ride, but I cannot say I regret it too much. It opened my eyes and allowed me to feel compassion for a demographic of society that I otherwise would have no understanding of. Addiction is something that you have very little understanding of, unless you actually experience it yourself. But it is something that I would not wish for anyone. The only thing I regret is the fact that I got addicted to begin with, I never would of tried Oxycontin, but a 16 year old doesn’t fully understand the ramifications of their actions.
It is my opinion that the War on Drugs is a complete failure. Tax payer resources would be better spent on harm reduction, as prohibition and abstinence only programs have an extremely low success rate. We need evidence based treatment that is backed by science. 12 step programs can work for a very small few, but with nearly 136 people dying each day (50,000 people died in 2016 from opioid overdoses) it is time that we seek a solution that actually works.
Harm reduction aims to stem the societal impact of drug use, and reduce the potential damage of drug use on drug users. It requires acknowledging that people are going to use drugs, it isn’t saying it’s alright to use drugs, but it addresses the fact that we can at least make it safer so that people don’t die. Harm reduction includes needle exchange programs, which serve as a hub for resources not only to get clean needle’s, but they also help users get treatment when they want it. Treatment has a better success rate when addicts actually want to quit. Needle Exchange programs help facilitate treatment when user’s are ready to quit.
This post isn’t really about policy though. I am breaking some of my OpSec here to help out any fellow human beings who need help. Whether that help is lending my ear so you can vent, helping you acquire harm reduction tools (Narcan for overdoses, clean needles, information) or helping you get treatment. I have been involved in treatment for over a decade. I know the in’s and out’s surrounding getting into treatment, I can help you get into treatment if you are ready to take that step.
Anyways, I just wanted to make this post, to let you know that you are not alone. If you need help of any kind, hit me up and let me know what you need. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Love you all,