There are an estimated tens of muillions of addicts in the world according to Google in 2017, and the statistics from The National Statistics Agency for Substance Misuse in the USA show around 1 million heroin or crack cocaine addicts during 2015-2016 in USA and UK alone. The number of adults in contact with treatment services was 1.204,473. From that figure, only 127,969 adults completing treatment had no further dependency. The number of under-18’s accessing substance misuse services was 521,955. The figures say it all – addicts need more help.
Amy Winehouse, one of my favourite artists, was a great inspiration musically in the UK. Amy was troubled during her life by addiction, and sadly died in 2011. Her memory lives on, and her father Mitch has set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help children and young adults overcome addiction. I am supporting this foundation by giving a percentage of the profits from this book to the foundation to help change the lives of addicts. So by buying this book you will be helping many others too.
I want to explain that I don’t claim to be a professional in the field of addiction, nor am I medically trained. But what I do have is experience. I lived with a heroin addict for 17 years so I have a lot of experience of living with addiction; the lies, the stealing, the emotional blackmail, the tears, the anger and all that goes with living with an addict – it really does grind you down.
This article is not just for the families of heroin users but anyone who has a relative, partner or friend that is an addict, regardless of whether they are addicted to drugs or drink as this post applies to both. I want to help people before it is too late. I’ve seen too many people die through addiction and I don’t want your loved one to go the same way – too often drug or alcohol abuse leads to sudden death. I don’t want to scare you but equally I want you to understand the reality, as I have seen it happen with many people I have known over the years. Addicts don’t need to die – they need the chance to recover. Hopefully I’m going to give this opportunity. The addict in your life needs to see this blog as a “wake-up call”, a reality check. Call it what you will but certainly this is an opportunity to change their lives forever.
One thing I have learned over the years is that you can only help someone who wants to be helped. You are powerless over someone else’s addiction and they can be powerless over their own, but we are going to try to change that if they are ready for that change. They might read the first Chapter of this book and think it’s not for them but what have you got to lose by trying? I’m going to take you on a journey to recovery not just for the addict but for you too! I want to see the family reunited in harmony; you may even have a better relationship than you’ve ever had before!